Seven people – five adults and two minors – are facing charges following the repeated rape of a 12-year-old girl in the central Thai province of Saphan Buri.
The accusations against the seven suspects were filed at Saphan Buri Police Station last week by the girl’s elder sister, who is also her legal guardian.
Pol Col Manote Chitphakdi, Deputy Commander of Saphan Buri police, said at a press briefing that officials were notified about a minor being sexually assaulted by people close to her.
It has transpired that most of the seven suspects are relatives and neighbors of the young girl.
The five adults involved have been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a person under the age of 13, committing indecency with a person under the age of 15, and threatening to use force.
Of the five adults arrested, two of them are related to the victim. The two juveniles involved will be summoned for interrogation at a later date.
The eldest of the suspects, a 51-year-old man, allegedly raped the young girl multiple times and threatened her life if she told anyone. The two minors are also alleged to have sexually assaulted her numerous times.
The girl was taken to a local hospital for a physical examination, which showed she had been sexually assaulted.
Despite this, the five adults denied all charges upon arrest.
Pol Col Chitphakdi said that the crime had not been reported before because the girl was afraid and had nobody to turn to as the suspects were her relatives and neighbors.
With the investigation ongoing, he said that if the suspects are found guilty, they will face prison for up to 20 years.
However, if the use of weapons or threats to the victim’s life is proved, they could face life in prison.
Source: Bangkok Post