Child Protection Unit: ‘Witnesses help identify suspect in rape-murder’, Phnom Penh Post

Read the full article here.

The hunt for the man who allegedly raped and drowned a 15-year-old girl in Phnom Penh on Sunday night ramped up yesterday following reports from witnesses, according to leading investigators.


Police detained two males, aged 17 and 20, yesterday in connection with the crime but released them after a “detailed statement” they provided exonerated the pair and gave investigators a solid lead, according to James McCabe, director of the Phnom Penh-based Child Protection Unit, who assisted in the investigation.

The victim, Choub Srey Pov, was visiting family in a mostly Vietnamese village for Chinese New Year.

Her unclothed body was found at 6pm on Sunday, dumped in the reeds near the Tonle Bassac River after she had briefly gone missing.

McCabe described the witnesses statement as “fruitful” and said that “an individual is being pursued”.

Meng Vimeandara, an investigator with the Meanchey district police, confirmed that police were hunting for a single suspect.

Related News Posts


5 December 2019

Som Vannita didn’t begin English classes until she was 10 years old when she joined...


4 December 2019

Vannita is the latest CCF student heading to Australia after winning a full scholarship to...


30 November 2019

CCF supporters cover 350km around Cambodia in epic charity cycle ride raising funds for a...


28 November 2019

Dennis Snyder first began sponsoring a CCF child in 2012. He recently sponsored a fourth...