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Panel to study crimes of child-killer

NATIONAL POLICE commissioner General Adul Saengsing-kaew has set up an ad hoc committee to look into crimes committed by a child-rapist and killer.

The panel, overseen by top police officers, was established in the wake of chilling revelations that the man, identified only as Nui, sexually abused many children after he was released from jail last year, and allegedly killed some of them.

"There is a high possibility that the Crime Suppression Division will take over Nui's case," Metropolitan Police commissioner Camronwit Toopgrajank said.

The suspect is currently being detained pending investigation by Bang Na Police Station into the rape and killing of a six-year-old girl who went missing on December 6. The girl's parents picked up her remains from the Institute of Forensic Medicine yesterday. The Rights and Liberties Protection Department has given the parents Bt100,000 in compensation.

In Loei, police said they discovered human remains at a spot where Nui allegedly killed another little girl. Also found at the spot were a stainless-steel necklace with a Garuda pendant, a blue shirt, a pair of yellow shorts and pink sandals - all said to be worn by the four-year-old when she disappeared earlier this year. The victim's distraught mother said she wanted to get hold of Nui and kill him with her bare hands.

Initial study of the skull suggests the girl suffered heavy blows to the head.

Meanwhile, in Don Muang district, more than 200 policemen, soldiers and rescue workers yesterday scoured a field where Nui allegedly attacked another girl. Police fear the worst, even though Nui insists he did not kill her.

"There has been no complaint filed about the missing girl but locals said they had heard an announcement that some parents were looking for their daughter at a recent fair," Metropolitan Police Division 2 commander Suranit Phrombutr said yesterday.

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