Police deny beating up train worker to extract confession

Thai policemen stand guard during a demonstration by an anti-coup protester at a shopping mall in Bangkok on June 22, 2014

Police yesterday dismissed the claim of 19-year-old train worker Natthakorn Chamnan that his confession to acting as the lookout during the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on a Bangkok-bound train was extracted under duress.

Pol Maj-General Thitirat Nonghan-pitak, the deputy Metropolitan Police commissioner, said police had enough proof to prosecute both Natthakorn and co-worker Wanchai Saengkhao, who has confessed to raping and killing the girl.

Pol Colonel Wiset Ketphan, deputy Railway Police commander, said the false claim stemmed from the suspect's disappointment at being criminally charged after police had suggested using him as a state witness.

Police had no reason to rough him up as they already had strong evidence against him and Wanchai, he said. The Prachuap Khiri Khan police handed the case over to the Hua Hin court's public prosecutor.

Wanchai was charged with sexually assaulting and killing a minor under 15, disposing her body to conceal the crime, stealing her valuables at night on public transport, possessing stolen property and abusing drugs, while Natthakorn was charged with aiding in the rape of a minor under 15.

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