11 convicted for detaining, raping girl in Phang Nga

THE CRIMINAL Court yesterday convicted all 11 defendants for detaining and gang-raping a girl in their hometown in Phang Nga province for several months in 2016. Of the convicts, seven received life imprisonment, while the remainder got lengthy jail terms ranging from 15 to 45 years. The court also ordered them to pay Bt18 million in compensation to the victim, now 16, and her mother. The compensation will include interest at 7.5 per cent a year since the day the case was filed with the court on June 15 last year. “We are satisfied with the verdict,” said Hanif Yongstar, secretary-general and lawyer with the Muslim for Peace Foundation. “But we will continue our fight to bring other culprits to justice too.” According to the victim, she was sexually violated by more than 40 men between May and December 2016, but could not remember all the assailants’ faces because she was drugged several times. The girl initially kept quiet because she felt threatened and scared. Her village, Ban Koh Raed, in Takua Thung district, is small with less than 200 residents, and her attackers and their relatives are the majority there. However, when the victim’s mother learned what had happened, she immediately lodged a complaint with police last year. Months later, her family moved out of Ban Koh Raed and enrolled in a state-provided protection programme. Public prosecutors eventually arraigned 11 suspects and the court found all of them guilty. According to the court, testimonies provided by the girl and her mother were consistent and credible. With other pieces of available evidence, the court found solid grounds to convict all defendants. The convicts appeared worried after hearing the court verdict, though their lawyer, Sanphet Thipmontien, said he would file an appeal. “It’s not what we expected,” he said. Hanif, who... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, 11 convicted for detaining, raping girl in Phang Nga, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you 11 convicted for detaining, raping girl in Phang Nga





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Published By: Samui Times - Friday, 26 October



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