CCTV footage shows the gang taking Nong Gift, 21, a cosmetics seller who passed out inside the pub, out of the bar where she had been watching the Champions League final between Real and Liverpool with friends last Saturday in Chanthaburi, Thailand. The woman was taken to a secluded area by the gang of four where they allegedly gang rapped and murdered her.
The cosmetics seller passed out inside the pub – with relatives claiming she had been drugged – and was carried out at 2 am and put in the back of a pick-up truck by four men who it’s said claimed they would take her home
But the men – including one who is said to have known her – drove her to a secluded orchard where she was ‘repeatedly raped’ before being beaten to death.
The gang – Nattaphong Saenkraud, 24, Patti Boonthal, 23, Panya Chan Somdee, 18, and Surasit Jaechim, 24 – are reported to have confessed their involvement to police.
CCTV shows them – with the help of a female friend of Nong who is said to be the one who thought the group would take her home – carrying her out of the Orbit Pub and putting her into the back of a truck.
Police Major General Charn Jitjunjun said:
“The victim was found dead on the same night.
“Four men have been arrested and confessed to their part in the crime.
“The victim was raped by four people and we believe beaten until she died.
“Her body was found with foam around her mouth, a nose bleed and part of her clothes on the floor.'”
A devastated friend who had been with Nong earlier in the evening said she had left her with the group of men because she thought they were her friends.
Airziz Opachat, who left at 1.40am some 30 minutes before her friend passed out, said:
“I’m sorry. If we knew that last night was the last time we were together. I will take care of you better. I’m sorry I did not take care of you better.”
Nong had been with three other women while watching the football match but only knew one of them, Airziz Opachat, well, according to local media. They had been on holiday together in the past and socialised regularly, it was reported.
The other girls all left earlier in the evening and Airziz said that Nong “didn’t seem very drunk”. She added: “Nong already knew one of the men. She was friendly with everyone. It was normal for her to be out chatting with people.
“Between us we had all drank about half a bottle of whiskey. I woke up in the morning and didn’t see any message from Nong. The only message was from a man who said ‘your friend is dead’.”
Nong’s body was found in the fruit processing area. The four men were arrested later on Sunday, May 27, afternoon after police viewed CCTV and tracked them down.
One of the group, Surasit Jaechim, the man who knew her, claims he only drove her and the other men to the area where she was killed. All men have been held in custody.
Police are now carrying out post-mortem examinations on Nong’s body to discover whether she was drugged and the exact cause of her death
Police Major General Charn Jitjunjun said “The full investigation has not been concluded and police are still establishing the exact situation.”