Woman gang-raped in Thailand, 4 arrested

BANGKOK • Relatives of a 21-year-old woman who was gang-raped and later found dead in Chanthaburi on May 26 believe she must have been drugged or plied with alcohol and unable to resist being abducted from a nightclub.

The victim's uncle said the family was waiting for forensic test results to confirm their suspicion.

The single mother raised her two young children on her own, earning a living selling cosmetics online, said the uncle, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim's identity.

The family is waiting until the case is solved before collecting her body for religious rites.

The victim was at the Orbit Pub in Muang Chanthaburi with three female friends, but then vanished.

Her friends assumed she had gone home. But a CCTV recording widely shared on social media showed four men carrying the unconscious victim out of the pub and placing her in the back of a pickup that then sped away.

Police identified and arrested all four men, who work as debt collectors, earlier last week. The Chanthaburi police chief, Police Major-General Charan Jitjeuajun, last Wednesday identified them as Natthapong Saenkla, 24; Patthawee Boontham, 23; Surasit Jaikhammee, 23; and an 18-year-old whose name was withheld due to his age.

Maj-Gen Charan said three of the suspects confessed to rape, but insisted they did not drug the woman.

Surasit said he was present but did not take part in the rape, the police chief added. Surasit has been charged as an accessory to rape pending forensic test results.

THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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