Monk arrested for rape 16 years ago

Monk arrested for rape 16 years ago

Sahapol Wangchana, 33, is arrested at Wat Tha Phraya Chak in U Thong district, Suphan Buri, on Friday morning. (Police photo)
Sahapol Wangchana, 33, is arrested at Wat Tha Phraya Chak in U Thong district, Suphan Buri, on Friday morning. (Police photo)

SUPHAN BURI: A 33-year-old monk was arrested in U Thong district on Friday morning for the alleged rape of a drunk woman after they left a pub together 16 years ago.

Police from the Anti-Human Trafficking Division detained Sahapol Wangchana at Wat Tha Phraya Chak in tambon U Thong.

Pol Col Marut Kanchanakhanthakul, a commander of the division, said that in April 2003 the suspect, then aged 17, went to a pub on Navamin Road in Bangkok, where he and his friends shared a table with some women.

One of the women was too drunk to return home alone, so he offered her a ride on his motorcycle. On the way, he allegedly raped her. Investigators had learned he later changed his name and became a monk in U Thong, Pol Col Marut said.

Mr Sahapol denied the crime.


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