The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has placed a man in pre-trial detention after he was arrested on May 27 for allegedly raping his nine-year-old daughter in Kon Mom district’s Trapaing Chres commune.

Provincial deputy police chief in charge of juvenile protection Keo Davy said on May 30 that the suspect, 45, had been charged with having intercourse with a minor under the age of 15 under Article 42 of the Law on the Suppression of Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection.

The man faces between five and 10 years in prison if found guilty.

“The girl told my officers that she is his biological daughter,” Davy said.

Kon Mom district police chief Theng Chanthy told The Post on May 30 that Savoeurn was arrested after the victim’s older sister filed a complaint.

Citing the girl’s mother, Chanthy said the suspect was addicted to drugs and used violence against his children every day.

He had allegedly raped her on several occasions, with the case only coming to light because the victim’s older sister happened to witness it.