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Police seek to find other young victims

child killer admits to three murders but authorities fear many more

POLICE ARE in the process of identifying all the young victims of a confessed serial rapist and killer.

The 36-year-old man, known only as Nui, has confessed that he raped and murdered two girls between December 6 and 9. One was killed in Bangkok, and the other in Prachin Buri.

The two were in addition to three young victims he sexually abused in Loei some time ago, according to his confession. He also killed one of those three.

But police fear the list of his victims may be much longer.

"We are trying to find out if he has committed more crimes in other areas, especially in areas his employer - a mor lam band - has staged performances," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lt-General Camronwit Toopgrajank said.

Since Nui joined the band on November 18 last year, it had travelled to 28 areas for a show.

On December 6, the popular mor lam (traditional Isaan music) band performed in Bang Na in Bangkok, where Nui said he spotted a girl alone in a car park. According to his confession, he lured her to a secluded spot, strangled and raped her.

That victim was quickly reported as missing by her parents.

The girl had gone to the concert with her father. Noticing that his daughter fell asleep during the show, he let her sleep in his friend's pickup truck while he went back to see the concert. Then things went terribly wrong.

Nui yesterday asked the girl's parents for forgiveness.

"I now repent. I committed the crime because I was drunk. Please forgive me," he said and then prostrated himself before the couple.

Police often stage sessions like this where a perpetrator seeks forgiveness for such crimes. But in this case the parents refused to forgive him.

"What is your heart made of? Why didn't you have some sympathy for the girl?" one parent hit back.

When Nui re-enacted his crime in Bang Na yesterday, a number of people turned out to curse him. Some also hit him. But police stood firm and managed to prevent him from being lynched.

Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Maj General Thitiraj Nonghanpitak said Nui attacked his victims without mercy probably because he felt unloved. "He's an orphan," he said.

The Mirror Foundation, which tries to help missing children, said it was necessary to set up a police unit to quickly handle requests for recordings from security cameras at some spots. "If we act fast, we will be able to rescue children faster," the foundation's secretary general Ekalak Lhumchomkhae said yesterday.

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