Facebook dating leads to trans woman’s murder in Thailand

Victim stabbed to death by younger sex partner in a hotel over money dispute

Facebook dating leads to trans woman’s murder in Thailand
28 September 2013

Facebook led to the killing of a 38-year-old transgender woman in a beach resort province in Thailand.

Ironically, it also led to the arrest of the 21-year-old who had stabbed the woman to death in a hotel in Sakaew in eastern Thailand.

Investigations after the discovery of the body of the victim, identified only as Kornsirinya, in a pool of blood in a hotel room led police to the Facebook account of the victim.

The postings had mentioned a relationship with the 21-year-old young man, Thoraphol Thonompholkrang.

When police traced the man and questioned him, Thoraphol confessed that he had become acquainted with the victim though Facebook and had met her several times for sex.

He alleged that he had been paid for the sex at least four times.

But on 19 September, when she refused to give him money, he lost his temper and stabbed her in the neck in a rage.

When she bled to death, he fled the hotel, taking with him the dead transgender’s black wallet containing cash, her three mobile phones, and her white Honda City car.

He also took the knife with him and later threw it into a pond.

Police said the 21-year-old has been charged with murder.

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