BANGKOK: — The taxi driver who raped a young Brazilian model after picking her up from Don Muang airport on Tuesday had just come out of prison for rape.
Khamkhoon Charoen, 44, had served two jail terms after separate convictions in 2008 and 2013.
But he was still allowed to rent a taxi and pick up passengers.
The 23 year old Brazilian victim, a model, was picked up by Khamkhoon after arriving on an Air Asia flight (FD 312) from Kuala Lumpur. It touched down at 12.20pm.
CCTV showed that the victim had not used the taxi rank but got in a taxi not registered at the airport that had just delivered other passengers.
The airport authority chief has issued a warning to passengers to use the taxi rank for their own safety.
The Brazilian lady was picked up just after 1pm and taken along Viphavadee Rangsit Road in the direction of Bangkok. But instead of going to her required destination in central Bangkok the driver took her to a field in Song Phee Nong district of Suphanburi and raped her.
The driver was quickly arrested after being found hiding in Nonthaburi. He has admitted everything and been taken on a reenactment of the crime.
He is now in custody in Suphanburi after a massive joint police operation involving officers from the local force, Crime Suppression Division, Immigration and Tourist Police.
Sanook reported that he had been jailed in 2008 for the rape of a Thai woman for which he received four years.
But just months after his release he was convicted for raping a woman from Myanmar in 2013 and jailed again.
He had only just come out of prison for the second time when he attacked his latest victim.
Don Muang Airport director Petch Chancharoen said that all passengers at the airport should use the two taxi ranks set up there for their own safety.
He said these are situated n the first floor at door 8 of Terminal 1 and near door 15 of Terminal 2, reported Daily News.
The Brazilian lady was seen getting in the taxi near door 6 of Terminal 1.
Petch said that taxi drivers who use the rank must all be checked out for criminal records while destinations and other details will be recorded in triplicate with copies for the passenger, driver and airport to keep.
This is important evidence in case of assault or loss of property, he said.
He urged all airport users to use the rank for their own safety.
Source: Sanook, Daily News & ThaiVisa