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Cabbie caught, charged with raping Brazilian tourist

BANGKOK: A taxi driver accused of raping a Brazilian tourist was tracked down and arrested on yesterday (Apr 26), and is reported to be have been involved in two previous sexual assaults on women passengers.

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Thursday 27 April 2017, 09:19AM


The woman said  she had been raped by a taxi driver after she waved down his cab in front of Don Mueang Airport. Photo: Ian Fuller/Flickr
The woman said she had been raped by a taxi driver after she waved down his cab in front of Don Mueang Airport. Photo: Ian Fuller/Flickr

Khamkhuncharoen Khonchaturas, 44, of Nakhon Ratchasima’s Sikhiu district, was apprehended while hiding out on Samakkhi Rd in Nonthaburi.

Police initially pressed charges of rape, illegal detention, and theft with violence.

On Tuesday (Apr 25), the 22-year-old Brazilian woman filed a complaint with local police in Suphan Buri, saying she had been raped by a taxi driver after she waved down his cab in front of Don Mueang Airport on arrival from Malaysia about 1:30pm.

She asked to go to Soi Thong Lor in the inner city, but the driver instead took her through the outskirts of the city to Suphan Buri, where she was later found in tambon Thung Khok of Song Phi Nong district.

Khamkhuncharoen allegedly stopped his cab beside a eucalyptus plantation and assaulted, overpowered and raped her. He then abandoned her beside the road, where she was found by a local resident.

Earlier, Thai media reported that she was assaulted in a paddy field.

The suspect was yesterday taken to the crime scene, the eucalyptus plantation in Song Phi Nong district, and then to Suphan Buri provincial court, where the Brazilian victim identified him as the rapist.

Friends of the victim earlier posted messages on their Facebook pages seeking her whereabouts after she failed to arrive at the arranged meeting place in Thong Lor on Tuesday. Her disappearance sparked worries for her safety.

There were media reports that the Brazilian victim, who has not been named, is a former beauty queen.

Police said criminal records showed driver Khamkhuncharoen was involved in two previous rape cases,according to Daily News Online.

The first involves a 20-year-old Thai woman who was raped in Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani on Sept 24, 2008. The second case involves a 25-year-old Myanmar woman who was raped on Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd in Thung Song Hong area, Bangkok on Jan 9, 2013, the report said.

Khaosod Online reported that the driver had served a prison term for rape and was recently released.

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Jor12 | 28 April 2017 - 21:31:52

Pauly44... nope, not missing the point. If you can't understand my point, then I can't help you. 

malczx7r...if you too had read what I said..."driving taxi's is one way."  

However, the most striking feature of comments here (and of motor accidents) is the eurocentric view of Asia and its culture that highlights the fact that cognition differs across these cultural groups.

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Pauly44 | 28 April 2017 - 13:45:57

Yep once again Jor 12 completely missing the point, if the guy has been convicted twice already how on earth has he been allowed anywhere near a public transport job where he would be most likely to offend again?? IF he were to be allowed to work again it should have been under strict conditions which are ENFORCED, not in such a public environment and what could be worst than a taxi driver considering his past....clear enough?

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malczx7r | 28 April 2017 - 12:30:55

Christy, rape can be carried out on a male or female.

Jort12 he could get a job in a place where there are many members of staff around and does not give him islolated access to potential victim, he should have had conditions set whereas he had to work in a place where other members of staff were present.

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Jor12 | 27 April 2017 - 21:05:17

Christy...if it offends your sensibilities, then you make up a new word for it, then the rest of the world will use it. Given your eurocentric view of the universe, how else is the man to make a living...driving taxi's is one way? Pretty hard to find a job that avoids any female. C'mon.

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Christy Sweet | 27 April 2017 - 15:03:20

I have to report to immigration every 90 days like some kind of sex offender, yet a man previously incarcerated on violent sexual assault charge is allowed to drive a taxi? C'mon.. 

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Christy Sweet | 27 April 2017 - 15:01:17

I find the term "rape" to be inappropriate, even demeaning.  A person was assaulted in a horrifically intrusive and personal manner, must we assign a special term to it- a term that is usually gender oriented?

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Kurt | 27 April 2017 - 13:38:45

Mhh, quite strange that thai authorities allow a cabbi who served prison time for 2 previous rape cases allow this person to work again as a taxi driver and give him that way chance to do the same thing for the 3rd time.
Is there no learning curve?

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