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Thai man admits to rape of Norwegian tourist on Koh Phangan

Police in Koh Phangan have made a quick arrest in the case of a Norwegian tourist who was raped after the Half Moon party at the weekend. 

He is a motorcycle repairman who was just out of jail where he had been held for dealing drugs. 

Thai Rath reported that Rewat Hansuwan, 33, from Khanom, Nakorn Sri Thammarat has admitted to rape. 

Earlier the Surat Thani court had issued an arrest warrant for Rewat after he was seen pretending to help the Norwegian and a male friend who were out looking for her missing wallet.

The warrant was for aggravated rape as extra violence was involved in the assault. The victim was punched five or six times in the abdomen. 

Sanook showed CCTV footage in the area of the rape that aided the police investigation.

Thai Rath said in a TV video that the victim had initially gone out with a friend to look for her wallet.

She returned to her hostel – that appeared to be the Goodtime Beach Backpackers on Charm Beach – before going out to look again alone. 

She then met her attacker on a motorcycle who claimed to be helping her before he raped her. 

Sanook said that the suspect had come out of custody on Friday.

Thai Rath said he had been out of jail less than a month and had been inside for dealing drugs. 

Thai Visa / Thai Rath | Sanook

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