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24 January 2013 :: 12:01:02 pm 70729

Phuket taxi driver held for ‘rape’ of tourist

A meter taxi driver has been arrested on a charge of rape after a Chinese tourist told Phuket police on Saturday (January 19) he frightened her into performing sexual acts with him.
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PHUKET – January 23,2013; Pol Col Sermpan Sirikong, Superintendent of Phuket Police told The Phuket News that the Chinese woman had left her room at the Cape Panwa Hotel, planning to go shopping at the outlet mall on the bypass road. She caught a meter taxi with the license number ทข70.

When she got into it, she saw that there was another woman sitting next to the driver but thought nothing more of it. The taxi dropped the other woman off first and then drove along roads she did not recognise.

“The taxi stopped at the Phuket Motel on Rattanakosin 200 Pi Rd in Phuket Town,” Pol Col Sermpan said. “She followed the driver from the car to a room in the hotel. She said that initially she did not understand what he really wanted to do.”

CCTV footage from inside the motel shows the woman voluntarily following the driver into the room.

“However, we cannot see what happened in the room and there are some scratches on the woman’s arms and back,” Col Sermpan said. It was in the room, she alleged, that she was forced to perform sexual acts.

Afterwards, however, she got back in the taxi and only jumped from it when the driver slowed to make a turn into Bang Yai Rd (behind Big C), several kilometres away.

“She said the road did not look like the way to the bypass and she was very scared. So she opened the door when the taxi slowed down and ran away.”

The driver was arrested at his home soon after the woman made her allegation. He admitted taking the woman to the hotel but denied raping her, saying that she had performed the sex acts voluntarily. He also gave her his telephone number and email before they left the room.

The woman said she went along with the driver’s demands because she did not understand Thai, did not know where she was and was very scared.

“We are still not clear about what happened and are waiting for the results of medical tests,” Col Sermpan said.

Col Sermpan added that the other woman in the taxi was the driver’s pregnant wife. She told officers that she had an inkling that her husband intended to have sex with the Chinese woman. She added that he had confessed to her (though not to rape) when the police arrived at the couple’s house to arrest him.

View the original story on The Phuket News here.

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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