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The initial autopsy reports on Nong Kaem, the 13 year old girl who was raped on the Surat Thani to Bangkok train suggest that she died before her body was thrown from the train by a the railway staff member who attacked her.
Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Suteerakune, Insitute of Forensic Medicine Commander said that the autopsy results show the girl was asphyxiated which indicates she died while still on the train. He went on to say that her body had many scratches and bruises that are believed to be the result of a struggle.
Suspect Wanchai Saengkhao, 22, remained silent when he was taken before the media in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Pran Buri District where the victim’s body was found, there was a small wound visible on his face. He had early claimed that the scratch had resulted from loading cargo. His urine proved positive for narcotics. He has now been charged with rape, premeditated murder and hiding a corpse. He also stole and sold the victims mobile phone.
Children at the school where the young girl studied are in shock, one of her best friends said “I hope you sleep well my friend” and is struggling to come to terms with what has happened. When she first learned her friend was missing, she wondered what could have happened as she had no reason to run away, nothing could have prepared her for the awful truth that has left the whole school in a state of sadness and shock.
Politicians, social media users and activists have joined calls for the suspect in the rape and murder to receive the death sentence but no everybody agrees that this is the solution.
The Lawyers Council of Thailand is ready to offer legal help to the family of the 13-year-old girl who was raped and slain on the State Railways of Thailand (SRT) train as it reasons civil damages could be demanded from the train operator for its unsafe services.
Council president Dej-udom Krairit revealed the legal offer after realising the grief and sorrow suffered by the family of the victim, Nong Gaem, saying at least compensation from civil damage could help to partly remedy their loss.
He said that the council considered this to be also a consumer protection case which the victim could file civil suit with the Civil Court to demand compensation from the SRT which provides public transport but was unsafe and caused danger to life.
He said the SRT must be held responsible for the loss of life and psychological damages to her parents.
He said parents of the victim might allow the lawyers council to take part in hearing all facts during inquiry process so that it could gather substantial information and evidence to proceed the civil case against the SRT free of charges.
He said the council will demand compensation for loss of life, of freedom, funeral expenditures, loss of a family patron, and psychological damage plus interest until all compensation is paid up.