Serial killer arrested months after release
Thai police have arrested a convicted serial killer who was accused of a fresh killing just seven months after his early release from prison.
Somkid Poompuang was arrested onboard a train after a nationwide manhunt was launched when he was identified as a suspect in Sunday's killing of a hotel maid in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen.
Somkid had been dubbed the 'Jack the Ripper of Thailand' after being convicted in 2005 of killing five women who worked as nightclub entertainers and masseuses by strangling or drowning them.
He was freed in May this year in what prison officials now say they regard as a misguided policy regarding well-behaved convicts.
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Police Colonel Khajornrit Wongrat, who is overseeing the investigation into last Sunday's killing, said the woman, Rasamee Mulichand, had met a man online and he had moved in to live with her earlier this month.
"She told her daughter and neighbours that she was going to marry the man on December 15, which was the day she died.
"The boyfriend went missing on the day, too," Mr Khajornrit said.
Photos that Ms Rassamee posted on her Facebook page of her and her boyfriend led police to conclude that he might be Somkid, triggering a manhunt.