Nakhon Si Thammarat
Thai man accused of raping a foreigner
Police have charged a man who confessed to trying to have sex with a drunken foreigner in Nakhon Si Thammarat with rape.The alleged victim, however, failed to identify him at the Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat Police Station. She showed up with her boyfriend.
The 20-year-old woman lodged a rape complaint and gave her testimony to police. She is scheduled to leave Thailand tonight. Her case received huge media attention, with several foreign news agencies also reporting her case.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Police chief Maj General Ronnapong Saikaew interrogated the suspect, Pongpat Posoy, by himself in a bid to solve the case.
Pongpat finally confessed to the crime. His close friend witnessed the whole incident and also gave a similar account to police.
Pongpat told police that he spotted the victim in the wee hours of February 15 at a bar, which he frequented, and initially approached her to help because she had sustained a knee wound. He said he felt a sexual urge during the intimacy and followed her to the second floor of the bar.
The suspect said he then attempted to have sex with her twice but claimed she did not resist his advances.
The suspect and his friends said the woman kept repeating, "Ok. Good".
Pongpat claimed he did not ejaculate. Ronnapong said the sexual attacks took place between 3.14am and 3.45am.
"We will wait to see the results of a physical examination by doctors," he said. He said the results would be able to identify whether the semen found on the alleged victim belonged to the alleged victim's boyfriend or her alleged attacker.
The alleged victim initially told police that four men gangraped her but the ongoing police investigation to date has yet to find any evidence to support her claim.
Police were able to trace Pongpat because recordings from a security camera showed he was following her.
The victim had reportedly come to Thailand to apply for a teaching job.