Thai police seek to find other young rape victims

Thai police seek to find other young rape victims

THAILAND - 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.

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