The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Cambodia jails 71-year-old Briton for abusing boys


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced a 71-year-old British man to one year in prison for molesting boys - a sentence criticised by child rights campaigners as too lenient.

Reginald Blakeley, who taught English at a local school before his arrest in January in the city of Siem Reap, was convicted of committing indecent acts against five boys aged between 7 and 14.

"He was sentenced to two years in prison, but the court ordered him to serve only one year," Judge Hok Pov said after the trial in Siem Reap.

The remaining sentence was suspended. Blakeley was also ordered to pay a fine of about US$500 (S$610) as well as US$150 to each of three victims. The two other boys did not request compensation.