Cambodian arrested after nearly losing arm during suspected rape of friend’s wife


A Cambodian construction worker is facing rape charges after a co-worker allegedly broke up an assault on his wife by nearly chopping off the suspect’s arm with a cleaver.

The suspect, identified only as “Jan,” 30, was taken to Banglamung Hospital with a severe wound to his left arm April 15. His attacker, identified only as “Somchai” was waiting for police and freely admitted to hacking Jan’s limb at the construction camp on Soi Wat Bunyakanchan Soi 7.

Somchai told police he had returned to his room to find Jan attempting to rape his wife. Crying and in shock, the 22-year-old woman accused Jan of raping her several times before, but said she had been too afraid to report the crime to either her husband or police.

Police brought Somchai and his wife in to give a statement, but did not file charges. The suspect would be interrogated and charged once he was released from the hospital, police said.