A British man accused of violently raping a tourist who was left with a fractured wrist and bruises has been arrested in Cambodia. The named locally as 25-year-old Nick Laycock, is in custody after the 22-year-old British woman was raped at a guest house in a commune near the southern town of Kampot. The commune, made up of several bungalows, is said to have a reputation for drinking and late-night parties. Police claim that the rape took place while the woman was under the influence of alcohol and that she suffered numerous injuries.
The Cambodian ex-patriate website Khmer 440, in a translation of local media, says the British woman has accused the man of raping her with force on the night of August 21 at around 11pm. She was at a party at the Arcadia guesthouse complex in Kampot, where he is said to have been working for the past six months, with about 20 friends. She left for a short time and it was then that she was attacked. Reports claim she was shaken, shocked and crying and could not talk when asked by friends what had happened. Two women took her to hospital for treatment.
Her friends were questioned at the hospital by police trying to gain more details. The translation of local media, published on the Khmer 440 site, adds that a hospital doctor said the woman had injuries and bruises all over her body, a fractured wrist and was in a state of shock. Last night the owner of Arcadia guest house confirmed to MailOnline that the accused man was Mr Laycock and insisted his arrest was the result of a ‘terrible mistake’. Joel Miles said the young woman involved, despite being vague about the events that night, did not want to press charges.