The mother of a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was found raped and murdered in her home in Chachoengsao’s Ban Pho district on the night of July 12 said on Thursday that she would not cremate her child’s body until the suspect apologised for what he had done.
Meanwhile, provincial police chief Pol Maj-General Theerapol Jindaluang said authorities would not bring the suspect to re-enact the crime until they could assure his safety.
Police arrested woodcutter Supornchai Noonoi, 31, at 5am on Wednesday after tests of his DNA matched semen samples found on the girl’s clothes.
After police discovered that Supornchai had not shown up for work after the crime and that he had arrest warrants pertaining to three other rape cases in Khon Kaen in 2008, 2015 and last year, they inspected his room and collected a DNA sample.
It was reported that he had often joked to get the girl’s attention when he bought groceries from a shop near the girl’s home.
Police also collected DNA samples from 25 other men living in the neighborhood.
The investigation found that Supornchai had fled to Chon Buri’s Panat Nikhom district where he allegedly stole a motorcycle and then fled back to Ban Pho, where he was arrested.
Supornchai also allegedly broke into a house and raped another 30-year-old woman in Panat Nikhom.
Police have said that Supornchai admitted to breaking into the 14-year-old’s house at about 2am, raping the girl who had been asleep, suffocating her to death, and then putting her clothes back on and arranging her in a sleeping pose to conceal the crime.
He has been charged with rape, murder and intruding into a home during the night.
The girl was home alone on the night of the crime. Her mother returned home at 4am found the girl’s dead body.
A Chachoengsao-based social media page initially speculated that she had died when part of her dental braces slipped out of place and became stuck in her throat. However, police said an initial medical examination found nothing lodged in her throat and they later determined that she had been raped and killed. – The Nation