Child-rape suspect slain in prison cell

Child-rape suspect slain in prison cell

์Nonthaburi Prison
์Nonthaburi Prison

A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has been found beaten to death in his cell at Nonthaburi Prison with rubber bands wrapped tightly around his testicles.

Wimol Preeprem, 37, was found dead on his cell on Wednesday, said Pol Ratchanok Bunnam, a duty officer at Nonthaburi police station, according to a report in Manager Online on Thursday.  

Police, forensic officials and a prosecutor sent to Nonthaburi Prison to investigate reported the suspect had severe injuries and bruising to his face and body. Rubber bands had been fastened around his scrotum above his testicles.

Wimol was apprehened in Sai Noi district of Nontathaburi on charges of raping a girl aged below 15. He was sent to the Nonthaburi prison on Jan 2, three days before he was killed.

Police investigators questioned at least 30 inmates and prison officials on Wednesday, the report said.  DNA samples were collected from prisoners living in the same cell.

Police said it appeared Wimol was beaten to death by one or more inmates.

Thairath reported that all 24 inmates in the same cell as Wimol denied killing him.

The investigation was continuing.

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