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25 July 2007 :: 17:07:18 pm 43717

ADHAHN’S FACES LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN ZINA LINNIK CASE, BUT MORE TO COME

Handyman-labourer, Terapon Adhahn, the 42-year-old Thai national suspected of being a serial killer and rapist, has narrowly escaped the death penalty in the case of Zina Linnik, a 12-year-old American girl, that was abducted and murdered. He did so due to a deal with the prosecutor, which promised him immunity from death (in that one specific case) in return for showing officials the location of the dead girl.
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However, in all, Adhahn is currently faces 15 charges, according to Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office as follows:
A. aggravated first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape in connection with the July 4 abduction and slaying of Zina Linnik, 12;

B. three counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree kidnapping in the May 31, 2000, abduction and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl;

C. one count of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of third-degree rape in the repeated sexual assault of a teen who lived with him between 2001 and 2005;

D. failing to register as a sex offender.”

In the case in question, that of Zina Linnik, Adhahn has pleaded not guilty to the charges of “aggravated first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape in the abduction and slaying of the girl”, however, faced with overwhelming incriminating evidence, Adhahn is likely to be found guilty.

The incriminating evidence includes the fact that Adhahn knew and was able to lead investigators to the scene of the girl’s burial; Adhahn’s DNA was identified as being identical to that discovered on the girl’s body; Zina’s father identified Adhahn’s van as being the vehicle, later matched to computerized records, in which Zina was abducted; on the day following the abduction, July 5, one of Adhahn’s co-workers informed police that Adhahn’s van appeared to have been vacuumed clean in an attempt to remove incrimination evidence. Furthermore, wishing to flee the country, Adhahn had apparently told other co-workers that he needed to return to Thailand.

Adhahn, who remained silent during the hearing, has had a figure of $5 million set as bail, on top of a previous $2,025,000 bail set in the case of further assaults on two other females and not registering as a sex offender.

Zina’s family, while obviously grieving over the death of the 12-year-old, were grateful that her body had been found and would be granted a dignified burial, according to Anatoly Kalchik, one of Zina’s uncles.

Adhahn was arrested on July 9, charged with not having registered as a sex offender, following an earlier conviction in 1990 for first-degree incest, originally a charge of violent rape of his 16-year-old half-sister. He was detained on immigration charges, which were later found to be invalid due to his holding a Green Card, allowing him to work and be resident in the US.

Relatives of a girl raped in 2000 at a Fort Lewis training area attend Thursday’s arraignment, at which Adhahn was charged in the attack. The girl was 11 at the time.

ng a young girl who he had been supposedly been taking care of for four years, starting in 2001 when she was 12, and who, he was charged with raping at least seven times (though the girl attests the true figure is nearer 200) and repeatedly assaulted. Secondly, in the case of an 11-year-old girl, he is accused of abducting on May 31, 2000 and after incapacitating and threatening her with a knife had raped her repeatedly in woods near a Fort Lewis military base.

The clincher, however, could be the case of the murder of 10-year-old Adre’Anna Jackson, the girl that Adhahn is suspected of having abducted and murdered between December 2005 and April 2006. If convicted, he is likely to face the death penalty

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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