Rape suspect surrenders to police in Sakhon Nakhon

A former motorcycle taxi driver turned himself to police in his Sakhon Nakhon hometown yesterday and admitted to have raped the 21-year-old Australian tourist at an abandoned building in Bangkok on December 5.

Ake-burut Ritrakphan was later escorted back to Bangkok from Sakhon Nakhon province in the Northeast and re-enacted the crime at the abandoned building on Borom Ratchonnee road in the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river.

At the press conference yesterday presided over by Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Pol Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, Ake-burut first claimed he did not rape the tourist, saying it was her consent to have sexual intercourse with him.

He also claimed that as she hopped onto his motorcycle after an argument with a pickup truck driver on Khao San road, he was molested by her who was drunk.

He claimed that along the way the woman became very amorous kissing and hugging him many times.

He said that he became sexually aroused and brought her to the abandoned building which she later claimed she was raped.

He said as it came out in the news that he was wanted for rape, he was so scared and fled to his friend's house in Sakhon Nakhon to collect himself.

But the police commissioner dismissed his claim of the woman's, consent as police records showed that the suspect had previously sexually assaulted a mentally handicapped woman 3 months prior to this but escaped criminal proceedings because a settlement had been reached.

He added that the police will seek the Court's permission to have the suspect on trial on an emergency basis as the woman has limited time to stay in the country.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)