A bride was raped on her wedding night by an 18-year-old pretending to be her husband.
The suspect, Chhoen Chanseng, climbed into bed with the victim after the groom had fallen asleep in a drunken stupor on a table outside the house in the village of Chhkues in southern Cambodia’s Prey Veng province.
With the lights off, the woman, also 18, believed she was having sex with her new husband and they fell asleep next to each other.
When the new wife woke up and realised there was a different man to her husband in her bed, she screamed, and the man was arrested.
The groom’s family have now rejected their new daughter-in-law, saying they wanted the marriage annulled.
The unnamed victim had celebrated her nuptials with her husband and had gone to bed before him.
Alleged rapist Chhoen Chanseng reportedly confessed that he saw this as an opportunity to act on his long-suppressed desires.
The 18-year-old says he went to the couple’s room and pretended to be the groom, while the woman’s real new husband was asleep.
He had sex with her, a rape by deception, and then fell asleep next to her.
The victim only realised how she had been tricked when she awoke and saw the wrong man in her bed, it is reported.
Local media reported that Chanseng’s detention warrant shows he has been charged with rape using Article 239 of Cambodia’s Criminal Code.
He faces five to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Prey Veng province’s deputy police chief Pov Chivy said: ‘According to the interrogation report, the suspect admitted that he had loved the bride for a long time, but his family is poor and he did not dare to propose.
‘On the victim’s wedding day, he kept his eyes on the new couple almost every minute because his house is next to the bride’s house.’
Chivy said the bride’s family caught Chanseng in her room when she screamed on discovering his real identity.
Police chief of Kanh Chriech district Sao Chantha said the suspect had first claimed to have raped the bride three times but then changed his story to say it was once, to agree with her account.
Chantha confirmed: ‘The suspect was caught in the room of the bride, and he was naked.’
He said the suspect said he had planned to rape the bride again but had fallen asleep.
Chief of Chhkues village Leat Chheat said the woman’s new in-laws no longer accepted her as their son’s wife and wanted the marriage annulled.
He said they were also seeking the return of the £1,000 dowry.