Man gets 10 years in girl rape case

Man gets 10 years in girl rape case

Police bring Samruai Chitchuen to a press conference in Bangkok after he was arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl who was his neighbour in Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok in February. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Police bring Samruai Chitchuen to a press conference in Bangkok after he was arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl who was his neighbour in Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok in February. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The Criminal Court has sentenced a 43-year-old man to more than 10 years in jail after he admitted raping a 12-year-old girl in an abandoned building in Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng area earlier this year.

Samruai Chitchuen, who was sentenced on Thursday morning, initially received 21 years and four months’ imprisonment but the punishment was commuted to 10 years and eight months because he confessed.

The attack occurred on the night of Feb 13, the court was told.

Samruai came across and persuaded the girl and her younger sister to go with him to buy snacks near their apartment, according to court papers.

He later told the sister to return home, but took his victim to an abandoned seven-storey building opposite Ramkhamhaeng Hospital and attacked her.

The victim had tried to run away but he caught her, the court said.

She was later dropped off near Ramkhamhaeng Soi 68, not far from her apartment, according to accounts given by a volunteer who accompanied the girl and her mother to lodge a complaint at nearby Hua Mak Police Station.

Investigators spent three days hunting the suspect and arrested him on Feb 17.

A medical exam confirmed the girl had suffered a sexual assault, according to the court.


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