AVAILABLE DATA shows that only some five convicted rapists-cum-murderers have been executed in Thailand's recent history.
Now, in the wake of the tragic death of a 13-year-old girl, the Kingdom’s legal punishment against sexual attackers has come under public scrutiny.
The young victim was raped, killed and thrown out of the train while she was travelling home to Bangkok on Sunday. As soon as the shocking crime hit the media, a large number of people began demanding that rapists must pay for their deeds with their lives.
A look back into history reveals that only five rapists were executed between 1999 and 2014.
Somsak Pornnarai was put to death in 1999 for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Loei. The girl’s family had unsuspectingly brought Somsak into their home after he had completed his jail term for another crime.
In 1996, another former convict, known as Phan or Lae Sai-thong, raped and killed a five-year-old girl in her school’s toilet cubicle in Bangkok.
In 1996, a 49-year-old father was arrested for allegedly raping and killing his four-year-old daughter at a wood factory in Bangkok. He tried to pass the blame onto his son, but DNA tests managed to nail down the father.
He was finally executed in 2001.
Ampai Saipho, 26, lured a toddler out of a shop in Buri Ram in 1999 with promises of buying her sweets.
Then in a secluded spot, Ampai sexually violated the child and beat her to death. The child was only two years and three months old. Upon arrest, Ampai blamed his acts on drunkenness. He was executed in 2001.
Kao Panyad, 29, raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in Nakhon Pathom in 1996, after he spotted her walking alone down a secluded route along a canal.
He then threw the girl’s body into the canal in a bid to make it look like the girl had accidentally fallen over and drowned. However, solid evidence emerged against the man, and he was put to death in 1999.