By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
A teenage boy was sentenced in absentia Tuesday to three years in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after being found guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl last year. The 15-year-old convict, who remains at large, was also fined US$1,000. Presiding judge for the court Chaing Sinath said the teenager was charged based on complaints filed by the victim’s mother, which state he raped her daughter on September 25, 2010, in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district. “The court orders his arrest, in order for him to serve his jail term,” the judge said. The attorney for the convicted teenager could not be reached for comment yesterday.