By Robert Carmichael
Phnom Penh (dpa) – A Cambodian woman has been charged with
intentional killing after she admitted drowning a 6-year-old girl to
steal her gold earrings worth 45 dollars, national media reported
Police in the central province of Kampong Thom said 19-year-old
Rok Rorn was arrested Monday and confessed to the murder.
She later took police to a rice field where she had hidden the
girl’s body, around a kilometre from where she claimed to have killed
“When it was quiet and a good moment, she lured the victim to take
her earrings and then pushed her head into the river where she died,”
the district’s deputy police chief, Ke Kanchana, told the Cambodia
He added that Rok Rorn, who faces up to 20 years jail, had shown
no remorse when confessing.
“Her face is not sad, and she doesn’t feel sorry for the victim,”
A human rights worker at local rights group Licadho said such
crimes were not uncommon.
“These crimes happen to young children aged 3-5 every year,” said
Am Sam Ath.
He advised parents to ensure they knew where their children were.
“They should not allow their young children to walk alone when
they wear jewellery,” he said. “They are a vulnerable group.”