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The Hua Hin Provincial Court today sentenced a 22-year-old outsourced employee of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to death after he was found guilty of rape and murder of a 13-year-old student on the sleeper train on July 5.
Although the convict, Wanchai Saengkhao, a bed-sheet replacement employee of a company outsourced by the SRT would confess, the court said it would not help to ease the death sentence because his confession was confuted to testimonies and substantial evidence brought against him.
Wanchai has 30 days to appeal the death sentence.
His accomplice Nattaporn Chamnan, 19, was also sentenced to six years in prison but was commuted by one-third to four years after he confessed.
Wanchai was found guilty of committing several crimes on different occasions, the court said.
He gets death sentence for murder, nine years for raping an underaged girl, five years for theft at night, one year for covering up the dead body, and six months for drug consuming.
The court said his confession was made out of confutation to testimonies by 29 witnesses and evidences and that could not justify for the suspension of the death sentence.
The convicted prisoner is given 30 days to appeal the death sentence.
After the verdict was read, the mother and relatives who dressed in black with wordings read ‘Rape and Murder’ deserves death sentence, said they accepted the court’s ruling today.
Former Miss Thailand 2000 Panadda Wongphudee, a strong advocate to execution for rapist murderer, also was at the court’s room to hear the verdict.