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Krabi man arrested over tourist rape attempt claim

Krabi man arrested over tourist rape attempt claim

A boat worker has been arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a British tourist on Koh Phi Phi, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Spokesman Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said Trairat Changsanan, 23, a helper on a passenger boat, was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to rape a 21-year-old British tourist in her sleep early Monday morning.

Krissana said the tourist arrived on Koh Phi Phi alone on April 12 and stayed at a hotel on Haad To Ladam Beach.

She went out to drink at 9pm on Sunday night and returned to her hotel. While she was asleep at about 3am on Monday, the suspect allegedly sneaked into her hotel room and used a cutter to remove her denim shorts and tried to take off her underwear but she woke up.

The suspected reportedly asked her to have sex with him but the tourist screamed and the suspect fled. The tourist filed a complaint with the police.

Krissana said the police checked security cameras and identified Trairat and made the arrest.

Police Commissioner General Chakthip Chaijinda said he has instructed Krabi police and other agencies to provide mental rehabilitation for the tourist.

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