The models range in age from 18 to 25 years old — they were lured into Bangkok area condos and hotels under the false premise of modeling gigs.
On May 5th, 2021, a lawyer representing one of the victims gave a press conference in front of the Bang Khun Thian police station in Bangkok in regards to the claims against Mr. Denphum, aged 39.
Mr. Denphum runs an agency called Nonthaburi Province Modeling (จ.นนทบุรี โมเดลลิ่งเก๊) — which he used as a front to lure young models to rented condos and hotels throughout Bangkok to drug and rape and get it all on film.
An arrest warrant was issued on the evening of May 4th for Mr. Denphum.
According to reports there are up to 10 “Prettys” who have been victimized by Mr. Denphum over the course of several months. Their stories and experiences mirror each other in the reports they’ve filed with Bangkok police.
On May 2nd, police brought Mr. Denphum in for questioning. One of the victims, identified by the alias Ms. Fah, a 22 year old university student and model, was also at the police station giving her report about the drugging and rape she experienced.
She identified the Metro Park Sathorn condo, room 157 on the 7th floor, building C3, in the Phasi Charoen district of Bangkok as the scene of the crime. She said the drugging and rape happened in the early evening hours of May 1st.
One report states that when Ms. Fah entered the room — it was empty. Nobody was there. Suddenly, Mr. Denphum jumped from the shadows with a knife — roughly 10cm long — and confiscated her cell phone.
Next, he forced her to smoke crystal meth or ice with him. He then proceeded to strip Ms. Fah down and raped her without a condom, using his cell phone to film the rape.
The rape went on all night until the morning of May 2nd — which is when Mr. Denphum finally passed out asleep. This is when Ms. Fah took her chance to flee, but not before snatching Mr. Denphum’s phone and ID card. She ran out of the condo without shoes on and asked the building security guard to bring her to the police station.
Mr. Denphum filed his own criminal report — claiming that Ms. Fah stole a gold ring from him while she was in his room. Police from the Forensics Division (BEC) evaluated the evidence of that claim and found that Mr. Denphum threw a fake gold ring in the trash bin, which is the same ring he claimed was stolen by Ms. Fah.
During the interrogation, Mr. Denphum left the police station and was not detained, according to reports.
Another victim, a model identified as Ms. Fon, aged 23, also a university student, came forward on May 4th with her own evidence against the accused. She showed police a bank transfer of 2,500 baht that Mr. Denphum sent for Ms. Fon’s services for the evening.
Ms. Fon claims that she met with Mr. Denphum on the night of April 9th. She said there were several young women aged 19 or 20 years old in the hotel room, which was on Soi Charansanitwong 40/1.
Mr. Denphum solicited Ms. Fon’s services claiming that it was for an “entertainment event”. The victim said that several of the other models there seemed drunk already.
Shortly after she arrived, Mr. Denphum threatened her with a fruit-peeling knife, forced her to give up her phone and wallet, strip down naked, smoke ice, and rape her. Mr. Denphum also stole 5,000 baht from Ms. Fon’s wallet.
Around noon the next day, Mr. Denphum used Line to contact another model, aged 25, who traveled from Nonthaburi to the room. She suffered the same fate as Ms. Fon, who was released after the other model arrived.
Ms. Fon claims that she did not report Mr. Denphum to the police because he threatened to find and kill her if she did. But when she heard the news about Ms. Fah being treated the same way on a Line group for Pretty models, she was encouraged to file her own report.
Up to 10 other models have come forward with similar stories.
One report was dug up from February 2018 that showed Mr. Denphum being arrested for impersonating a modeling agent. He used this assumed identity to trick an 18 year old model from Korat to his room, where he stripped her down, raped, and filmed the encounter.
Mr. Denphum was released from custody after that incident for unknown reasons.
He is now suspected of hiding out in either Thonburi or Nonthaburi, which is where police are searching for him.
In a strange twist of fate or coincidence, Mr. Denphum goes by the nickname “Ice” — which is the same nickname as the now infamous serial killer Ice Heep Lek, whose story hit headlines last year. His full story can be read here.
Video of Mr. Denphum and re-enactment of his crimes:
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Sources: https://www.khaosod.co.th/update-news/news_6378421, https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/841348, https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/841076
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