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Train security stepped up as suspect admits to 2 more rapes (Updated Thursday)

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The state railway has beefed up security on passenger trains after a 22-year-old employee confessed to the rape-murder of a 13-year-old girl. He has also admitted to having previously raped two women co-workers. 

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Thursday morning

Here are a few more details from today's morning edition of the Bangkok Post:

Following the rape and murder of a 13-year-old femal passenger, railway police have intensified patrols and stepped up security on trains. PATIPAT JANTHONG

Pol Maj Gen Thanate Sunthornsuk, chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan police, said officers will seek to detain the suspect at a court in Hua Hin today.

The investigation is expected to be wrapped up within 10 days.

He said police have found no evidence to link other employees to the case.

Mr Wanchai on Wednesday apologised to the girl's family and said the girl was still breathing when he pushed her body out the window.

The victim' s family yesterday went to the Royal Thai Police to thank police for solving the case. The family also received 100,000 baht compensation from the Justice Ministry's Rights and Liberties Protection Department.

Following the incident, railway police have intensified patrols and stepped up security on trains.

Wednesday afternoon update from our online reporters

Wanchai Saengkhao shows police how he strangled a 13-year-old girl before raping and killing her at a re-enactment Wednesday. CHAIWAT SARDYAEM

SRT rape suspect admits to two more

The man who confessed to raping a girl on a night train and throwing her body out a carriage window admitted Wednesday that he previously raped two women co-workers at the State Railway Authority of Thailand.

Wanchai Saengkhao, the 22-year-old hired by the SRT to make beds in sleeper carriages, said he got away with earlier rapes because his victims were too scared to report him to police. That encouraged him to make a third attack, this time on a 13-year-old girl identified only as Nong Kaem, according to investigators.

His attack on the girl has generated demands on online social networks for the death penalty in rape cases.

Police took the suspect  to the crime scene for a re-enactment early Wednesday to avoid a repeat of the angry scenes of a day earlier at the police station in Prachuap Khiri Khan, where the rape occurred on a train bound to Bangkok early Sunday.

Police led by Pol Maj Gen Thanate Sunthornsuk escorted Mr Wanchai to Wangpong train station where the same train Nong Kaem travelled on was stopped.

He told police he had taken methamphetamine, or ya ba, after the sleeper train left Nakhon Si Thammarat station, and drank beer with other employees in the fourth sleeper car.

His young victim was sleeping in the third sleeper car when he allegedly attacked her.

Mr Wanchai pointed to the spot where he sat, showed how he switched off the light in the car, and got into the bunk bed where the girl slept. He strangled her and hit her in the stomach, he told police, until she passed out, then he opened the door to cover the noise and raped her.
 
Afterward, he searched her bag and took her iPhone and iPad. When the girl regained consciousness he covered her mouth and strangled her again, and raped her again, he confessed to police.

He later pushed the girl's body out of the train window and then threw out her clothes and the blood-stained bed sheet. The suspect took her bag and sat in the train until it arrived in Bangkok. Mr Wanchai said he sold the smartphone, which police later tracked to arrest him.

Nong Kaem’s mother (centre) and another relative burst into tears over the body of the 13-year-old who was raped and killed, allegedly by state railway employee Wanchai Saengkhao. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Wednesday morning update

Execution calls after rape-murder

Activists, politicians and social media users have joined calls for the suspect in the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl to receive the death penalty, but not everyone agrees that is a solution.

The case has generated outrage among Facebook users who have demanded the death sentence for Nong Kaem’s alleged murderer, Wanchai Saengkhao, 22.

Some have launched a campaign calling for capital punishment against convicted rapists to be included in the legal reform process.

Patcharee Junhirun, of the Friends of Women Foundation, said victims expect the judicial process to punish rapists so that others will not fall victim to rape.

The legal process often proceeds slowly, unless there is added social pressure, as in the case of Nong Kaem, she said.

In many cases, rape suspects are granted bail, or have their penalties commuted for confessing to their crimes, Ms Patcharee said, adding that very few convicted rapists are jailed for the maximum term of 20 years.

Many of them receive commuted prison sentences after joining behavioural rehabilitation groups or volunteer programmes.

“The law should increase the penalty for rapists. The death penalty should be given to rapists, based on the severity of their offence and the combined opinions of psychiatrists, judges and the police,” she said.

Udon Thani governor Seni Chittakasem expressed support on his Facebook page for Nong Kaem’s murderer to receive the death sentence.

“The maximum penalty should be applied. When he confesses, investigations should stop to allow a quick ruling in the case. Only the death penalty will do,” Mr Seni said.

Writing in today's Bangkok Post, veteran columnist Sanitsuda Ekachai, a mother herself, disagrees.

"I seriously doubt if the angry calls for the death penalty as the only punishment for child rapists and rapists/murderers will make our society any safer.

"These calls stem from the belief that this heinous crime was possible because the punishment is not heavy enough. This is not new. We hear such calls every time a shocking rape or murder happens.

"In fact, the law has been amended to increase jail terms for rapists and broaden its scope to cover marital rape as well as sexual assaults against all genders.

"According to Supensri Puengkhokesoong, of the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation, there were 31,866 rape cases last year — that is 87 cases per day on average, or one victim every 15 minutes. Yet, the veteran rights activist does not believe that harsher laws are the answer.

'First, we must understand the majority of rapists are not strangers. They are people who the victims know, even trust.

'Second, ours is a male-dominated society which condones sexual violence and rape. The police do not take it seriously. They even blame women for ‘asking for it’. With such attitudes, people with power can easily buy themselves out of the crime.'

'Meanwhile, the victims face social stigma and legal hurdles in pursuing justice. Each court case takes 10 years to finish.

'When the judicial procedures are not sympathetic to rape victims, it means 10 more years of torment. Many victims call it repeated rape. It is why many opt out and stay silent.

'The harsh laws are effective with poor criminals who do not have money and connections to help them,' said Ms Supensri.

"The long-term answer is confronting and changing our “rape culture” which condones sexual violence.

“Ours is a society that sees women as sex objects and easy targets for men to vent their anger and power.”

As long as this rape culture is unquestioned, we mothers know that our daughters will never be safe." (Read the full colum here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/419610/death-penalty-no-cure-for-rape-culture)

Tuesday's stories

Pol.Gen.Aek Angsananont stands behind rape and murder suspect Wanchai Saengkhao at today's news conference in Pran Buri. Photos by Chaiwat Sardyaem.

Foundation workers remove the body of the young girl who was raped and then thrown from a fast-moving train. CHAIWAT SARDYAEM

Photo by Chaiwat Sardyaem

15:15  A large angry crowd, which included victim Nong Kaem's mother and sister, were present at the Pran Buri police station where a press conference by Pol.Gen.Aek Angsananont was scheduled to begin, causing some delay.

Wanchai Saenkhao, the confessed suspect in the rape and murder case, was present, but he did not speak.

Pol.Gen.Aek said one key piece of evidence was Nong Kaem's I-phone 5S which Mr Wanchai had tried to sell.

The planned re-enactment of the crime has been cancelled for today and it is not clear when or if it will be rescheduled.

(18:30 update from our online reporters)

The suspect remained sullen and tight-lipped during the press conference, the venue for which was  changed from Pran Buri police station to the 145th Battalion of the Border Patrol Police in the district to protect the suspect from public anger.

Suspect Wanchai Saengkhao was described as being sullen and tight-lipped during the press conference, giving no additional information.

Relatives of young Kaem and about a hundred people were waiting for him at the police station for the press conference. The angry crowd surrounded the van taking him to the police station and threatened to attack him,  even though 50 police guarded the area.

Pol Maj Gen Thanes Sunthornsuk, chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan police, then ordered the vehicle to leave the police station and go to a new press conference venue inside the border police barracks.

Nong Kaem's mother and elder sister were distraught at the press conference.

Police also cancelled a crime re-enactment originally set for Tuesday.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem examination  at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the General Police Hospital in Bangkok after the body was found beside the railway track early on Tuesday morning.

An initial forensic test found that the girl died of suffocation before being thrown out of the train, several reports quoted forensic institute commander Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Suteerakune as saying. Her body showed evidence of the rape, he added.

12:00 Thai PBS reports that police have not yet been able to carry out the planned crime re-enactment because of the large angry crowd that is surrounding the police station in Pran Buri near the crime site. The suspect was taken to Pran Buri earlier this morning by helicopter.

11:20 Post Today reports that a doctor at Pran Buri hospital who examined the body said the cause of death was likely a fractured skull which occurred when the victim' s head hit the ground after been thrown from a window of the train.

9:20  Thai PBS reports that a re-enactment of the crime has been scheduled for 10am in Pran Buri. Emotions are running high in the surrounding community, so about 200 police have been brought in to keep order.

Body of missing girl found

The body of a thirteen-year-old girl, missing from a Bangkok-bound overnight train from Surat Thani since early Sunday morning, has been found near the side of the tracks in a forested area in Pran Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The discovery was made after a railway employee contracted from a private firm confessed to having raped and killed her. Twenty-two-year-old Wanchai Saengkhao said he threw the body off the train after the crime. He said he had earlier taken both methamphetamines and beer.

About 2am this morning, a 20-man search team from the Sawang Phae Phaisan Thammasathan Foundation was sent out to look for the body based on information given by Mr Wanchai. The girl's older sister accompanied the group and identified the body. It was found in a forested area of the province near the Wang Pong railway station.

The young girl was reported missing by her sister Kanala, 22, about 4.30am on Sunday. The sisters were travelling on a second-class sleeping coach with their other 10-year-old sister and Ms Kanala's male friend.

A massive search was quickly mounted. Local police from Prachuap Khiri Khan all the way to Bangkok, the Children, Juveniles and Women Police Division, the Railway Police Division and railway authorities joined the search for the missing girl, thought to have disappeared somewhere between Prachuap Khiri Khan and Nakhon Pathom.

Story adapted from information from Post Today and the Bangkok Post.

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Vocabulary:

accompanied: went with - ติดตาม, ร่วมทาง, เดินทางไปด้วย

activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม

admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา

amend: to make changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. especially in order to improve it - แก้ไข

apologise: to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem - ขอโทษ

assault: attacking someone violently - การทำร้ายร่างกาย

attitude: someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behaviour - ทัศนคติ, ลักษณะท่าทาง

authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

average: the amount, level, standard etc that is typical of a group of people or things - ค่าเฉลี่ย, ส่วนเฉลี่ย

barracks: a group of buildings where members of the armed forces live and work - โรงหรืออาคารใหญ่เป็นที่พักทหาร

battalion: a large group of soldiers made up of several smaller groups known as companies - กองทหาร, กองพันทหาร

behaviour: the way that someone acts or behaves - พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว

border patrol police: the part of the police force that is responsible for border security - ตำรวจตระเวณชายแดน

bound: going to - มุ่งหน้า

broaden: to increase the range of something - ขยับขยาย

bunk bed: one of two beds that are fixed together, one above the other -

campaign: a series of actions intended to produce political or social change - การรณรงค์

capital punishment: the punishment of putting someone to death for a crime; capital punishment - โทษประหารชีวิต

columnist: a journalist who writes regular articles for a newspaper or magazine - ผู้เขียนในหนังสือพิมพ์หรือนิตยสาร, คอลัมน์นิสต์

combined: joint; done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ร่วมมือกัน

community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

commute (a punishment): to change a punishment to one that is less severe - ลดโทษ (รุนแรงให้น้อยลง)

compensation: money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - การจ่ายเงินชดเชย

condone: to approve of behaviour that most people think is wrong - ยอม,ไม่เอาผิด

confess: to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด

confront: to deal with a difficult problem or situation - เผชิญหน้า

connections: people or organisations that you know and that can help or advise you in your social or professional life - วงศ์วานวงศ์ญาติมิตร

contract: to make an official written agreement with someone to do something - ทำสัญญา

convicted: having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law - ต้องโทษ, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่าข้อกล่าวหามีความผิดจริง

death penalty: the punishment of putting someone to death for a crime; capital punishment - โทษประหารชีวิต

death sentence: the legal punishment of being killed for a serious crime - การลงโทษประหารชีวิต

details: small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

detain: to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

disappear: to move something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen - หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย

discovery: an act or the process of finding somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - การค้นพบ

distraught: extremely upset, worried or confused - จิตว้าวุ่น, ว้าวุ่นใจ, สับสน

dominate: to be in control - มีอำนาจเหนือ ครอบคลุม ควบคุม

effective: producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี

emotion: strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์

employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง

encourage: to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen - ปลุกใจ

evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน

execution: the act of killing somebody, especially as a legal punishment; capital punishment - การประหารชีวิต

firm: a business or company - บริษัท

forensic medicine: the use of scientific methods to find out about how someone died, etc. - นิติเวชศาสตร์

foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ

fracture: a break or crack in something hard, especially a bone - การแตก (โดยเฉพาะกระดูก)

gender: the fact of being either male or female - เพศ

generate: to produce - ก่อให้เกิด

grant bail: (of a court) to allow someone suspected of a crime to temporarily go free before the trail after payment of bail - ให้ประกันตัวออกไป

harsh: cruel, severe and unkind - กระด้าง, รุนแรง, ห้าว, เกรี้ยวกราด

heinous: morally very bad - เลวร้าย, ชั่วร้าย

hurdle: a problem that you must solve before you can do something successfully - อุปสรรค

identify: to specify who someone is - ระบุชื่อ

incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์

initial: early; first - เบื้องต้น

intensify: to strengthen - เข้มข้นขึ้น

investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something - การสอบสวน

jail term: the length of time a person is required to spend in jail -

judge: someone whose job is to make decisions in a court of law - ตุลาการ, ผู้พิพากษา

judicial process: the actions taken, usually in court, to settle a legal matter - การดำเนินการคดี

justice: a fair result or punishment from a court of law - ความยุติธรรม

juvenile: a young person who is not yet an adult - เยาวชน

key: very important - ที่สำคัญ

launch: to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ

legal: relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย

link: to connect - เชื่อม

local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

majority: more than half of the people in a group - ส่วนมาก

male: being a man or a boy - ผู้ชาย

marital: connected with marriage or with the relationship between a husband and wife - เกี่ยวกับการแต่งงาน

massive: very large in size, amount or number - ใหญ่โต

maximum: the most possible - ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด

methamphetamine: a stimulant drug that increases alertness and energy, but which is dangerous when taken in large amounts or over a long period of time - ยาบ้า

mount: to organise and begin an activity or event - เริ่มปฏิบัติการ

movement: a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it - การเคลื่อนไหวเพื่อวัตถุประสงค์อย่างใดอย่างหนึ่ง

murderer: a person who commits the crime of intentionally killing a person - ฆาตกร

news conference: press conference; an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว

offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย

opt out: to decide not to take part in something or to stop taking part in it - เลือกออก

order: a situation in which everything is well organized or arranged - ความเป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย

outrage: extreme anger - ความโกรธอย่างรุนแรง

patrol: a group of people or vehicles that move around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime - หน่วยลาดตระเวน

post-mortem: a medical examination of the body of a dead person in order to find out how they died - การชันสูตร

press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว

pressure: trying to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - ความกดดัน, แรงกระตุ้น, การบีบบังคับ

previously: before -

private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน

procedure: a way of doing something - ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

psychiatrist: a doctor who treats people with mental illnesses - จิตแพทย์

pursue: to try to achieve something - ดำเนินตาม, พยายามเพื่อให้ได้มาซึ่ง

rape: to commit the crime of forcefully having sex with someone against their wish - ข่มขืน

rapist: someone who commits the crime of forcing someone to have sex -

re-enactment (of a crime): repeating the actions of a past event, in this case, of a crime - แผนประกอบคำรับสารภาพ

reform: a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

regain consciousness: to become aware of your surroundings after having been asleep, especially from an injury - ได้สติ, ฟื้น

rehabilitation: the process of returning someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living - การทำให้กลับสู่สภาพเดิม, การทำให้กลับมาดีเหมือนเดิม

relative: a member of your family - ญาติพี่น้อง

right: something that you are morally or legally allowed to do or have - สิทธิ

ruling: having control over a particular group, country, etc - ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง

scare: to make someone feel frightened or worried - ทำให้กลัว

scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา

scope: the things that a particular activity, organisation, subject, etc deals with - ขอบเขต

search: looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something - การค้นหา

search: to look somewhere carefully in order to find someone/something - ค้นหา

security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย

severity: seriousness - ความรุนแรง

silent: very quiet; without sound - เงียบ

site: a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

skull : the bones of the head - กระโหลกศีรษะ

social network: websites or other services on the internet for communication with people who share your interests - เครือข่ายสังคม

solution: one way to solve a problem - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

solve: to successfully deal with a problem or difficult situation; to find out who is responsible for a crime - แก้ปัญหา, คลี่คลาย, หาคำตอบ

stain: an ugly mark left accidentally on clothes or the surface of something; blot, mark, spot - คราบ, รอยเปื้อน, รอยเลอะ

stem from: to be caused by - เกิดจาก

stepped up: increased - เพิ่ม

stigma: a feeling that something is wrong or embarrassing in some way - ความอัปยศอดสู,มลทิน,รอยด่างพร้อย

stranger: a person that you do not know - คนแปลกหน้า

strangle: to kill somebody by squeezing or pressing on their throat and neck - ฆ่าโดยการบีบคอ

suffocation: dying from a lack of air to breathe - การขาดอากาศหายใจ

sullen: bad-tempered and not speaking, either on a particular occasion or because it is part of your character - บึ้งตึง, บูดบึ้ง, ไม่พูดไม่จา

surround: to be everywhere around someone/something; encircle - ล้อมรอบ

surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

sympathetic: showing a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant - เห็นอกเห็นใจ

target: a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack or deal with - เป้าหมาย

threaten: to say or indicate that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - ขู่เข็ญ คุกคาม ทำให้กลัว

tight-lipped: refusing to comment on something or to give information -

torment: extreme suffering, especially mental suffering; a person or thing that causes this - ความทรมาน, ความปวดร้าว

track: to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย

trust: to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable - เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ

venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่ที่จัดงาน

victim: someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

volunteer: someone who is not paid for the work that they do - อาสาสมัคร

wrapped up: finished -

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