Patong bar owner raped and murdered
PHUKET TOWN: The body of Pranorm Anuan, owner of the Shark Otto Bar in Soi Eric, Patong, was found in an old tin mine north of the Tesco-Lotus Supercenter early on Saturday morning. A villager who was jogging in the area found the body and notified the police around 6:20 am. When found, 24-year-old Pranorm was wearing black boots and a red T-shirt bearing the bar’s logo. She was clutching white underpants and a brassière that police believe were hers. Pol Lt Khaneung Pitakkullatorn told the Gazette that K. Pranorm had been beaten about the head and face and there was evidence that she had been raped repeatedly. At the scene, about 40 meters from her body, police found many sets of footprints, four pornographic magazines smeared with blood, and about 10 tubes of glue. Her body was taken to Wachira Phuket Hospital where it was identified by her husband, Tony Koran, 40, from the Netherlands, and some employees of the bar. Bar staff told the police that they last saw her alive when she left the bar the night before at closing time, about 4 am. She drove away on a blue Honda Wave motorbike without saying where she was going. K. Pranorm’s motorbike, mobile phone and gold necklace were not found at the scene. Police believe that the murderer knew the victim and lured her to the old mine where about 10 others were already waiting. They theorize that when she tried to run away, she was pursued, raped and then beaten to death. Her body has been taken to her family home in Nakhon Ratchasima where her funeral will take place.
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