Burmese man shoots and blinds Thai girl after sexual assault

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A Burmese man in the Isaan province of Surin shot and blinded an 11 year old Thai girl with a slingshot after the girl told her mother that he sexually assaulted her.

The 28 year old woman turned to a social media influencer, Guntouch “Gun” Pongpaiboonwet, after she and her 11 year old daughter received death threats from the 32 year old Burmese man called Suthee, who recently married the child’s grandmother.

Gun visited the two victims at Phanom Dongrak Police Station in Surin yesterday, June 23, and questioned them about the matter. The woman told Gun that her daughter revealed to her that the Suthee sexually assaulted her by touching her breasts and body when she was not present.

The woman decided to share this information with her mother in the hope that she would end the relationship with Suthee. Unfortunately, her mother and Sutee physically assaulted her and even tried to stab her.

The girl recorded the attack on her mobile phone, which infuriated the Burmese man. He shot her in the eye with a slingshot, leaving her blind. The girl’s grandmother even accused her of pretending to be blind and urged her teachers not to believe her.

The woman added that the Suthee also threatened to kill her and her daughter if they did not withdraw the complaint against him.

While Gun and the victims were arguing outside the police station, Suthee arrived with his friend and complained about the victims with his friends.

Gun approached Suthee and condemned him for his violence but Suthee showed no guilt about what he had done. He claimed the shooting was an accident and even dared the police to charge him.

Officers at Phanom Dongrak Police Station insisted that they had not ignored the case and had already charged the girl’s grandmother and Suthee with several offences before releasing them. However, they have since repeated their violent acts and the police promised to punish them according to the law.

Gun also facilitated the treatment of the girl’s eye but it has not yet been confirmed whether or not she will be able to see again.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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