THE APPEALS Court yesterday upheld a life sentence for a serial child murderer in his 30s known only as “Nui”, or “Ting Tang”, for sodomising and killing a seven-year-old boy in Loei’s Wang Saphung district on November 10, 2013. The defendant has not been identified by either a surname or registration number.
The court rejected the defence’s claim that the accused had been forced to confess, and a point about the lack of eyewitnesses, ruling that the confession had occurred in the presence of an attorney and carried sufficient weight. The court also pointed out that the defendant had drawn six pages of maps that led police to the boy’s body.
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In its ruling yesterday, the court found Nui guilty of kidnapping a minor under 15, coercion, detaining him illegally, and raping and killing him as well as disposing of the body to conceal the crime, upholding the previous court’s sentence of life imprisonment.
A defence lawyer told reporters that he would appeal to the Supreme Court with the goal to set a new legal standard for evidentiary findings, adding that in this case the evidence was circumstantial, included hearsay testimony and the maps the defendant had drawn were unclear.
On November 17, 2015, the court of first instance initially sentenced the man to death but commuted it to life imprisonment due to his confession to police, although he denied the charges during the trial.
According to the prosecution’s case, Nui lured the boy from a temple fair to the Phu Pha Sing forest where he raped and choked him to death.
The boy’s rape and murder was the third case brought against Nui, who allegedly told police that he had attacked about 10 children and killed four of them.
He had already received life sentences, which were commuted from death, in each of the previous two cases.
He was convicted of the rape and murder of a four-year-old girl whom he lured from a fair in Loei’s Muang district on February 5, 2013 and the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl whom he lured from her parents’ pickup truck, where she had been left alone, in Bangkok’s Bang Na district on December 6, 2013.
Report shared by The Nation