Village chief charged with vicious assault on schoolgirl

Village chief charged with vicious assault on schoolgirl

Krittidej Rawengwan, a village chief in Kalasin’s Kamalasai district, is led away by police after being arrested for the violent assault and attempted rape a schoolgirl in another district in late December. The girl died two days after the attack. (Photo by Yongyuth Poopuangpetch)
Krittidej Rawengwan, a village chief in Kalasin’s Kamalasai district, is led away by police after being arrested for the violent assault and attempted rape a schoolgirl in another district in late December. The girl died two days after the attack. (Photo by Yongyuth Poopuangpetch)

A village chief has been arrested over the violent assault and attempted rape of a schoolgirl in Kalasin’s Rong Kham district, following a three-month police investigation.

A 50-strong police team led by Provincial Police Region 4 deputy chief Jatuporn Parnraksa swooped on Krittidej Rawengwan, 34, head of Moo 15 village in tambon Dong Ling of adjoining Kamalasai district at the district hall, where he was overseeing the annual conscription of young men into the military on Monday. 

Local media reported that officials arrested Mr Krittidej and quickly escorted him to a police car, leaving people inside the hall stunned.   

Mr Krittidej was accused of kicking Ruadeewan Polprasit, a Matthayom 6 (grade 12) pupil at Rong Kham school, off her motorcycle while she was travelling home in the evening of Dec 23 last year. He then allegedly dragged her to a nearby rice field and tried to rape her. 

Ruadeewan, better known as Nong Snow, fought back gamely. She was badly hurt by her attacker, who later fled on a motorcycle. The 18-year-old died two days later from liver complications. 

Monday’s arrest ended a three-month investigation which involved 200 police officers helping gather information and track down the attacker. A bounty of 100,000 had been offered for the culprit's arrest.



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