Teachers who raped students in Thailand handed long jail terms

Lon Sorakanit (left) and Pimol Sunsri.
PHOTO: The Nation

The Supreme Court yesterday handed down lengthy jail terms to two former teachers for raping several of their students.

The victims were between seven and eight years old when they were sexually assaulted. The crimes took place at a school in Bangkok and at a hotel in 2006.

The two defendants were Lon Sorakanit, 68, and Pimol Sunsri, 58. Both had threatened their victims not to tell anyone about the attacks but the girls' parents discovered what had happened and lodged complaints.

The Supreme Court upheld the conviction of both defendants, ordering Lon to serve 19 years and three months in jail and Pimol to serve 12 years in jail.

Neither convict showed an expression when the verdict was read.

Both men have been behind bars since a lower court found them guilty in 2007 and sentenced them to 50 years each. Subsequently the Court of Appeals reduced their jail terms to 12 years each.

However, the Supreme Court ruled that Lon should face a longer jail term because he had committed more sexual crimes.


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