Police in Thalang, Phuket, arrested a Thai man in connection with an unsettling string of assaults on women. The suspect, a 34 year old man was apprehended for a series of incidents in which he pursued women on motorbikes and molested them.
The Thalang Police Department launched an investigation after seven women reported being assaulted in a similar situation over a two-week period. The incidents, which occurred between November 14 and November 25, involved the perpetrator following the victims on a motorbike and then groping their breasts.
The investigation took a significant turn when officers analysed CCTV footage of the incidents. The attacker, a tall man, was seen riding a black-grey Honda Wave 110i motorbike and was dressed in a black long-sleeved hoodie. The police noticed several distinctive features on the man and the motorbike, most notably a red license plate, reported The Phuket News.
Probing the motorbike’s registration led the police to 33 year old Jariya Chailiang, a resident of Moo 8, Thepkrasattri. Jariya identified the man in the CCTV footage as her husband, Monop ‘Kook’ Krukul. She confirmed that the motorbike was in his possession and was used on a daily basis.
Monop was brought to the Thalang Police Station and charged under Section 278 of the Criminal Code. This section states that any person committing an obscene act against someone over 15 years old, through intimidation, violence, or by exploiting their inability to resist, can be imprisoned for up to 10 years, fined up to 200,000 baht, or both.
During his time in custody, Monop expressed remorse for his actions. He confessed to being under the influence of drugs during the incidents, which he claimed led him to act without realising the consequences. The police shared that Monop has a family and that there was no record of him engaging in such behaviour in the past.