Sick woman dies, rescue man charged

The police have arrested a rescue worker who picked up a sick woman from a department store to take hospital but was later found dead in a canal in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan.

Thawatchai Sae Sim, 32, a rescue worker, was apprehended by police after the body of the woman was found near a canal in Bang Phli. She was later identified as Chananchita Suasew, 29, a public relations employee at a property development firm in Thong Lor.

The police said Mr Thawatchai denied killing the woman but confessed that he had tried to rape and rob her.

He said he attempted to rape her when she was unconscious, but was unsuccessful because she regained consciousness, so he ran away. The man said he later learned that the women had died.

Police took Mr Thawatchai to re-enact his crime at the canal in Bang Phli district on Wednesday afternoon.

He has been charged with attempted rape and robbery. Police said they will await the forensic results before deciding whether to press more charges. Mr Thawatchai also tested positive for using an illegal drug, and will be charged accordingly.

The alleged attack occurred late Monday morning. The department store called the rescue service for help after the woman lost consciousness at a food outlet inside the store. She was to be taken to Ramkhamhaeng hospital.

Mr Thatwatchai helped put her in the front-seat of a pick-up truck adapted for use as a rescue vehicle, and also helped carry her bag.

The department store contacted the woman’s family and her boyfriend went to meet her at Ramkhamhaeng hospital, but could not find her. The man then reported her missing at Hua Mark police station.

Late Monday afternoon, Bang Phli police station received a report of a dead woman in a canal. Police sent to the scene found Chananchita face down in the canal. 

Sithichai Koyani, 34, who reported the incident, told the police that he and his wife were on a motorbike when the women ran out from the roadside and asked for help saying she had been raped. They picked her up but after a short ride, she asked to get off and ran back toward the spot where they picked her up.

They were worried about the woman so went back to look for her with another passer-by. They were unable to find her at first. After a further search they found her face down in the canal.

The story was reported on social networks, which is how the victim's boyfriend learned of her death.

Chananchita’s boyfriend and her mother went to Bang Phli police station and confirmed her identity on Tuesday.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 08:00 AM
Most of these volunteer rescuers drive like maniac.
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 07:53 AM
We always called the "rescuers" The Body Snatchers as at some accident sites two different rescuers would arrive and fight over the bodies. It is also common knowledge that when the victim arrived at hospital their gold & money had mysteriously vanished.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 01:01 AM
Sithichai Koyani, 34, who reported the incident, told the police that he and his wife were on a motorbike and the women ran out from the roadside and asked for help saying she had been raped. They picked her up but after a short ride, she asked to get off and ran back toward the spot where they picked her up. This is very strange.
Discussion 4 : 15/01/2014 at 06:32 PM
Read again. The report says she was employed by s property developer company. And most pick-ups are two-door and putting her in the front seat was the most practical thing to do.
Discussion 5 : 15/01/2014 at 05:36 PM
A few things did not add up in the story and don't know why the reporter did not check it up. First, the woman lost consciousness in the department store where she worked. Why did the department store management thought that it would be Okay to send her alone unconscious with the rescuer? The department store did not care at all for the health and safety of employees? The rescuer helped her to put in the front seat and helped her to carry her bag, the report said. The woman who lost conscious was put in the front seat by the rescuer and no one thought that it was abnormal. There were more unusual things in the story. Sad for the woman.
Discussion 6 : 15/01/2014 at 04:37 PM
Another case of police ineptitude involving missing persons. The fact that she never arrived at the hospital should have been enough after her family reported her missing to search for the rescue worker right away. If the body had not been found that afternoon no doubt it would have been days before they took any action
Discussion 7 : 15/01/2014 at 03:39 PM
These rescue workers should be license and register in order for them to be allow to serve the public. Most earn money on a commission bases hence there is so many of these illegal workers, many do not know the basics of first aid and drive like a mad man on the street. Department store should only use the service of a reputable hospital as well.

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