ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation
PUBLIC CALLS for the death penalty against rapists are growing in the wake of the shocking murder of a young female teacher, who died at the hands of a former convict.
Chatri Ruamsoongnern, a 27-year-old cement factory worker, has confessed to slitting the throat of a 26-year-old teacher to steal her valuables in Saraburi province. He has denied attempting to rape her but evidence at the scene reportedly suggested otherwise.
Tests are ongoing to determine whether the teacher was sexually violated.
Chatri emerged as the prime suspect from the beginning of police inquiries because he and the victim were neighbours, and he had previously been convicted of raping the wife of a friend. He completed a jail term of one year and seven months last August.
“We are waiting for the results from forensic tests to get solid evidence related to this case,” Provincial Police Region 1 commissioner Pol Lt-General Chaiwat Getvorachai said yesterday.
At present, Chatri is charged only with premeditated murder.
The teacher had rented a room inside a fenced estate where 10 rooms are available and many tenants are colleagues teaching at the same school. Chatri moved in about six months ago as the live-in boyfriend of a transgender woman.
The grieving family of the victim yesterday demanded that harshest penalty be meted out against the culprit. “Don’t give him any chance to harm others again. Please enforce the laws harshly,” the mother said.
Her husband also felt the same way. “I don’t intend to see laws kill a person. But if we let such a bad guy go free, he will kill again,” the victim’s father said.
Many social-media users joined their call, saying all rapists should be punished with death.
The sentiment echoed opinions expressed by many two years ago when a State Rail worker admitted to raping and killing a 13-year-old girl during an overnight ride with her family.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also heads the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), was cool on the emotional response to the crime, noting that there was a global trend for capital punishment to be scrapped. “Let’s look at the world around us. Many countries have already abolished the death penalty,” he said, in response to the call.
Justice Ministry deputy permanent secretary Tawatchai Thaikyo expressed similar sentiments via Facebook, cautioning against any move to push for the death penalty for all rapists.
“We have to think as to whether the push will encourage rapists to kill all victims,” he said.
He also said some parents lodged complaints against boys who had been in love and had sex with their underage daughters. “Would it be better if we require all convicted rapists to undergo a rehabilitation programme and give them support to prevent them from committing such crimes again?” he said.
Kobkiat Kasivivat, another deputy permanent secretary for the Justice Ministry, said separately that due to a shortage of psychologists and social workers, such rehabilitation programmes are now only available in Bangkok. He said if Chatri is convicted of any criminal offence he will not be eligible for a royal pardon because he committed the crime within five years of his previous jail sentence.
At present, 3,406 men and 985 women are serving jail terms under final court rulings for sex offences.
Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection’s head Wisit Wisitsora-at said facilities under his agency had individual counsellors in place. “Only 2 per cent of the high-risk group have become repeated offenders,” he said.