A male model in Thailand who often boasted about his sexual exploits online was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of a 25-year-old woman, who authorities say may not have been alive when she was brought back to his apartment.
Surveillance video shows Ratchadech Wongtabut carrying Thitima Noraphanpiphat, apparently unconscious, to his room after they left a party in Bangkok on Sept. 16, according to cops.
Thitima, who used Lunlabelle as her professional name, made a living as a “pretty” who was hired for events apparently including the private party she attended before she died.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Sutthipong Wongpin told reporters on Wednesday that Ratchadech admitted to bringing Thitima to his apartment but did not realize that she was dead while she was with him. Cops had said Tuesday that Thitima may have been dead by the time he brought her back to his apartment in Bangkok.
Her lifeless body was left in the lobby of his building, but he claimed he did no harm to her.
An autopsy found that Thitima had died from extreme alcohol intoxication.
Ratchadech, 24, is facing charges of illegal detention leading to death, abduction with intent of committing an indecent act and molestation. The suspect has made online posts boasting of past sexual conquests, including as he had Thitima in his room, according to The Associated Press.
Cops are looking into other people who may be involved, especially the owner and guests at the house where the party took place.
The case reflects the high risks of abuse toward women in the specialized service sector, according to Jaded Chouwilai, director of the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation based in Bangkok.
“In the case of Lunlabelle, it happened in a private place and she was there all by herself and heavily drunk,” Jaded told The Associated Press. “Therefore, her risk of being attacked was much higher."
With News Wire Services