Phuket sushi ven­dor charged with rap­ing British woman at his home


>> PHUKET: A sushi ven­dor has been charged with rape af­ter a British woman said he at­tacked her at his house near Nai Harn beach.

Am­nart At­thachak, 40, was ar­rested at his house in tam­bon Rawai of Muang district on Fri­day, Pol Col Withoon Kong­sud­jai, deputy chief of Phuket po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The 24-year-old tourist filed a com­plaint with Cha­long po­lice at 9am on Fri­day. She said a Thai man had raped her in his room near Nai Harn beach.

The woman, who was trav­el­ling 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, she said 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.

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 rape.

Mr Am­nart re­mains in cus­tody on charges of rape by forcibly abus­ing a vic­tim in a de­fence­less sit­u­a­tion.

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