The report doesn’t indicate why it took 14 years to track him down.
When: February 1st, 2021
Where: Bang Khae district, Bangkok
Perpetrators: Mr. Preecha
Victims: Ms. Tas, alias, 17
What: On February 1st, 2021, police in Bangkok arrested Mr. Preecha in connection with a 2007 case of gang rape of Ms. Tas, a 17 year old girl in Phichit province.
The incident happened after Mr. Preecha convinced Ms. Tas to attend an annual festival in Phichit. When the festival finished, a group of friends and Mr. Preecha gave the victim a ride back home. But before returning her, they stopped at an abandoned house and gang raped the victim.
Mr. Preecha attempted to mediate the situation after the incident. He assured Ms. Tas that he will “collect money to correct the situation, according to tradition.”
The incident passed and Mr. Preecha moved to Bangkok. The victim was stressed and embarrassed from the incident and tried to kill herself. The parents then became aware of what happened and reported the crime. An arrest warrant was issued.
Investigators discovered that Mr. Preecha had escaped and hid in Bangkok. Mr. Preecha denied all involvement when he was arrested but the officers did not believe him. He will be sent to Phichit police station to proceed with legal action.
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My take: The report isn’t exactly clear why it took 14 years to track down the perpetrator or how they were tipped off that he was living in Bankgok.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad that police were able to catch up with him. But how and why it took that long would be interesting to know.
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