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NZ tourist sexually assualted near Grand Palace, police say

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NZ tourist sexually assualted near Grand Palace, police say

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter



A file photo of Wat Rachabophit.


BANGKOK — Police said Monday they’re hunting down a construction worker who allegedly assaulted a tourist from New Zealand in the vicinity of the Grand Palace last week.


The court Sunday approved an arrest warrant for Arnat Ukdee, 34, on the charge of rape, and police have alerted all border controls to be vigilant lest he attempts to flee the country, police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen told reporters.


Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2018/12/03/nz-tourist-sexually-assaulted-near-grand-palace-police-say/

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Police seek arrest warrant for man suspected of raping New Zealand tourist in Bangkok

By Suriya Patathayo 
The Nation




Police have applied for an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly lured a 29-year-old New Zealand tourist and raped her at an under-construction building opposite Wat Rajabophit in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district early on Saturday, police deputy spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Patanacharoen said on Monday.




The unnamed tourist, who was in shock and crying, was taken to file a rape complaint with police at Samranrat precinct at 3am on Saturday after she had fled the building and called for help from patrol police in the area of the nearby temple. 


The victim’s friend, who later showed up to testify at the police station, said they had been at a drinking party in the Khaosan Road area before the 29-year-old left with a man at around 2.30am, and was lured into the building where he then attacked her. 


Police forensic officers inspected the scene of the alleged assault, while the victim was sent for a medical examination in order to get results on which to build the case, Krissana said. 


Police identified the suspect after a team of investigators checked CCTV footage from cameras in the area and along the assailant’s escape route.


They notified related police agencies about the crime against a foreigner, as well informing the New Zealand Embassy.


Krissana said national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda had instructed police investigators to probe the case speedily and carefully with a view to punishing the wrongdoer.


Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30359782

-- © Copyright The Nation 2018-12-3

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On a video shown on the news this morning the victim came across her in a drunk state and the accused took advantage of her being in that state, before she managed to escape and sound the alarm. From what could be seen on CCTV it is very unlikely she would have been able to give consent.

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