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Phuket Police Arrest Thai Man Over Alleged Rape of 24 Year-Old British Woman



PHUKET – Pol Col Withoon Kongsudjai, deputy chief of Phuket police has told a press briefing that a 40 year-old Thai man has been charged with attempted rape after a British woman accused him of attacking her at his home.

Amnart Atthachak, 40, was arrested at his house in tambon Rawai of Muang district on Friday.

The 24 year-old British woman filed an official complaint with Chalong police saying that the 40 year-old man had raped her.

The woman, who was traveling alone, told police she had visited some beer bars in the Kata-Karon area on Thursday night. She met a man known only as “Mai” and drank some beer with him.

She later asked him to take her back to her hotel on his motorcycle because she was drunk, however, he took her to his house instead.

Once there, she said, she quickly fell asleep. When she awoke, she found the man was sexually assaulting her. She fought back before running away to seek help from local residents.

According to the Bangkok Post, Police sent the woman to a hospital for a checkup, while investigators began gathering evidence and tracking down the suspect, who was subsequently caught.

Police said Mr Amnart told them he had met the British woman at the Kata Green Beach bar and they drank together before he took her to his rented house.

He admitted to taking advantage of the unconscious woman but denied using his penis. The woman insisted she had been penetrated with a penis and not a finger as the man had claimed.

Mr Amnart remains in custody on charges of rape by forcibly abusing a victim in a defenseless situation. The offense carries a jail term of 4-20 years.

The question of whether a suspect used his sex organ or not is irrelevant since Section 276 of the Penal Code defines rape as using any object on another person who is in no position to resist, said Pol Col Thongchai Wilaiprom of Tourist Police Division 3.

The British woman is still in the country under the care of officials, and her embassy has been notified. Doctors have confirmed she was not infected as a result of the incident, said Pol Col Thongchai.

By Achadtaya Chenniran

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