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Trofimov had already been convicted of sexually abusing another underage girl in Cambodia and is currently serving a six-year sentence in this country.
Two things are strange about this trial
For one, Trofimov is in the custody of the Cambodian judiciary. Nevertheless, he was not present in court for the first two days of his trial. And under Cambodian law, this means that he will be allowed a retrial if he requests one.
Why, I wonder, wasn’t this man forced into the courtroom to stand trial?
The other thing that’s bizarre is how Trofimov’s defense argued that he is innocent. According to his lawyers, Trofimov was incapable of sexually abusing the girl because he had been impotent for the past eight years.
As evidence, his lawyer presented a certificate from the Phnom Penh municipal health department. According to the Cambodia Daily newspaper, Phnom Penh Health Director Veng Thai confirmed that he had conducted an erectile dysfunction test on Trofimov in November:
We had two female doctors touch his penis for 30 minutes. … If the penis is normal, it would usually go up. If it is impotent, it would not go up.
This is how the Phnom Penh municipal health department tests patients for erectile dysfunction?
The fact that the Sihanoukville court considered this certificate unreliable and did not allow it as evidence has at least partly restored my confidence in the Cambodian legal system.
Dive shops, a tattoo artist and a couple of massage places line the unpaved road from the town down to the beach.
They get you in the mood for the beach life.
Down by the waterline, dozens of bars and restaurants have put out rattan chairs and sofas.
Happy meals and happy hours
The international backpacker-scene meets here every night for “happy hour”. And “happy hour” at Serendipity actually has two meanings.
The other meaning of “happy hour” at Serendipity is connected to the happy pizzas or shakes you can order from the menu in many bars.
Happy in this case means that the kitchen has added a sprinkle of dope. This will usually cost you a dollar or two extra.
But I didn’t try that kind of happy hour. Honestly.
In any case, the happiness at Serendipity beach usually lasts well into the morning hours.
At some point during the night, when the backpackers are reasonably drunk and home-sick, the dj’s will play “Take me home, country roads” or Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” at full blast and everyone wil sing along and start feeling just a little bit melancholy…
From the look of it, large numbers of 20-somethings from Europe, the U.S. or Australia hang out at Serendipity for weeks on end. It’s a daily party. Beach, booze and bikinis. And the communal sing-along before turning in.
The original island getaway
If you feel you’ve had enough of the daily party (or if you’re no longer a 20-something), a trip to the islands off the coast of Sihanoukville might be a good antidote.
Local tour operators offer day trips to three islands just off the coast. The trip will cost you $ 15 (and that includes soft drinks and lunch).
If you’d like to stay on an island, you can also take the ferry boat to Bamboo Island, or Koh Russei, as it’s also called.
Bamboo is the only island with some very basic hotels on it.
The ferry costs $ 10 and leaves the mainland at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. every day.
What you get is pure paradise
Bamboo Island is small enough to cross it on foot in ten minutes. It basically consists of two beaches and a few no-frills bamboo huts where you can stay.
But if you’re willing to leave all luxuries behind, if you don’t need 24-hour electricity and hot water, then Bamboo Island can be like paradise.
The island’s beaches can only be called under-crowded. Xou’ll only see the few people living or staying on the island. And for a few hours around noon, they’re joined by the visitors the tour operators have ferried in.
But come four o’clock, they’ll all return to the mainland and Bamboo Island will fall back into its almost-paradise-tranquility.
A handful of tourists and locals, who are one with the sea, the breeze, the sand, the jungle.
They cows, for instance, love to stroll along the beaches looking for food (e.g. left-overs from the picknick lunches on the beach).
I guess we’re talking about real beach animals here. And real Chicken of the Sea…