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Suspect arrested in Hat Yai murder and rape of schoolgirl



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The suspect of a schoolgirl’s disturbing rape and murder in Hat Yai is now under arrest. The alleged criminal, 49 year old Prathom Iadkhao, known as Bangmad Kongra, was already a convicted sex offender who spent 1 year in prison back in 2002.  He was convicted of taking a young girl from her parents for lewd purposes in Songkhla.

Now, a top police officer in Songkhla province has given details of how the 15 year old girl on her motorbike was allegedly hit from behind by the suspect who then beat, robbed, raped and murdered her at around 12:30am last Saturday morning. Her body was found by police under her motorbike in a ditch in the middle of a local highway in Hat Yai.

Police tracked her last movements to a local petrol station where she filled her motorbike at 12:30 am approximately on Saturday morning. Prathom had pulled into the station just minutes before the girl arrived.

Prathom was arrested in the Kongra district of neighbouring Phattalung province, and was brought to the crime scene to stage a crime reenactment. Local residents were in tears with some being restrained by police from attacking the suspect.

Police say the suspect confessed to hitting the girl with his car, beating, raping, stealing and murdering her. His account matches the police’s description of what happened along with his DNA matching DNA found under the victim’s fingernails.

Prathom told police that when he saw the girl at the petrol station, he waited for her on the road and let her overtake him on her motorbike. Then, he rammed the girl’s motorbike from behind sending her into the ditch. The suspect told police he pummelled her 3 times in the stomach before raping her and stealing 1,300 baht from her bag.

He then allegedly used a tyre wrench from his car to hit the girl on the head 2 or 3 times to kill her. Then, he used the girl’s clothing to wipe off the semen from his body. He said he then put the motorbike on her body to make it look like a traffic accident.

Prathom has been charged with premeditated murder and rape of the girl as well as one count of theft.

SOURCE: Thai Examiner


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  1. TV

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:02 am

    They should have cut his balls off in 2002

  2. Kim

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Disgusting filth. He should experience exactly the same in prison. No need to keep such evil animals alive.

  3. Geoff

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    ..and no capital punishment.

  4. shawn

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    hope they beat the crap out of him and then leave him to die with no food or clothes or drink.

  5. BJoe

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:21 am

    He got 1 year for his previous sex offense ? Details for which are unclear, but the real culprit here seems to be the judicial system for it’s leniency with sex offenders.

  6. Leo Z

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:42 am

    If ever there’s a reason to bring back hanging in the main public square, crimes such as this one fit the bill.

    Btw Thaiger, comments don’t load on two browsers I tried, Edge and FF.

  7. James Pate

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Yes, the crime is disgusting and merits the harshest of punishments but I must ask: Why is a 15 year-old out on a motorcycle after midnight? My parents would have never allowed this.

  8. Wijnschenk

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:54 am

    At least he will be in prison a long time here in Thailand.
    Do this in the Netherlands he gets 10 years ina luxury prison amd will be out in 6……
    So sometimes Thailand does it better.!!

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