Bangkok: A 69 year-old former Victorian serviceman faces up to three years in one of Cambodia's notoriously harsh jails after allegedly locking up his 38 year-old partner, her younger sister and her niece then demanding sex.
James Bernard King from Warracknabeal has yet to tell his side of what appears to be a domestic row turned nasty in the seaside Cambodian city of Sihanoukville.
Each year King organises ANZAC Day functions for Australians and New Zealanders living in the city.
Photographs on King's Facebook site show him wearing medals while standing in front of a war memorial.
Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith told reporters that King allegedly locked up his partner You Kea, her sister You Chang Reth, 27, niece Touch Ratana, 22 and Chang Reth's son and daughter, aged six and two, when they visited his house on January 27.
"At night, King locked the door and did not allow those people to get out," Chantharith said.
"He put the condition that his girlfriend must cook a meal for him, and the other two (Kea's sister and niece) must go to the room and have sex with him otherwise he would not allow them to leave his house," he said.
Chantharith said for hours the victim pleaded with King, who was unarmed, to let them go before contacting relatives, who notified authorities.
Police said King refused them entry into the house before they forced their way inside.
King's partner You Kea was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post saying "my young niece and nephew were very scared - they hugged their mother and me, but no one was sexually assaulted."
Sihanoukville prosecutor Chab Sok Raksmey said King has been charged with illegal confinement, which carries a one to three year jail sentence.
The case is now before an investigating judge.