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Friday, 9 November 2012

Evil man from Krabi

Not too long ago, in the night of July 27th, a 19 year old Dutch girl was raped in Ao Nang in Krabi province.

A Thai tour guide has been arrested for the rape of the 19-yr-old model who told the police that she was beaten so severely that she is sure she would have died if she had not finally stopped resisting the attack.

A shotgun toting angry father has put an emotional musical video up on the internet in protest that her attacker has been given bail.
The father of the girl, who herself stars in music videos, has titled the song ‘Evil Man in Krabi’ after the province in southern Thailand where she was raped earlier this year.

The video in question can be seen above

The father's song is preceded by a statement in both English and Thai which states:

"In the night of July 27th our beloved daughter was beaten badly and raped by a tour guide in Ao Nang province of Krabi.  The man escaped but was found after one month. They put him in jail but now he is free on bail and denying what happened. It cannot be that a man gets away with this crime not in Holland, not in Thailand, not in the whole world."

The girl was treated for injuries at Krabi Hospital and was able to testify at a special court hearing before returning home to the Amsterdam. Krabi Provincial Police also say they have DNA evidence.

Chumpon Khaonuang was identified by the girl from CCTV footage taken at the Chang Bar in Ao Nang.  The girl’s boyfriend had retired early and she had accepted a lift back to her holiday apartment after Khaonuang said he was going her way.
Despite the evidence Khaonuang was allowed bail and after an initial confession has pleaded not guilty.

It is understood that the victim was offered an inducement to drop the case by the alleged rapist's 'sister', another bar owner in Ao Nang. The offer was refused.

Shortly after this event, another incident concerned teenagers attacking a tourist couple. The man was stabbed and wounded severely while his girlfriend barely escaped with the assistance of the locals in the area.

Ithirit Kinglek, head of Krabi’s tourism authority, said the video clip called Evil man from Krabi which has circulated on the internet for about two weeks has affected the province’s tourism industry.
He said many tourists from England have cancelled their trips after the video emerged on YouTube.
The content of the clip talks about several violent incidents that involved foreigners in Ao Nang and have been allegedly covered up by Thai authorities. See this link.

Please spread the word on this violence and seemingly unjust handling of this case.
In general Thailand is safe, I've been living here now for 13 years, going into my 14th year but recently more and more reports of attacks on tourists which involve rape during the Full moon parties on Koh Phangan, fatal stabbings on Phuket and these two incidents in Krabi province keep popping up. 

I can feel the anger and pain of the Dutch father, so be careful and safe out there!

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