Ice ("Channarong" Sonnuam)Age 21
16 May 2010
Chaweng, Surat Thani (Thailand)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/16 May 2010/Ice ("Channarong" Sonnuam)
Ice was raped and then beaten to death with a broken piece of concrete. The perpetrator was arrested following evidence gained by an IP camera near the crime scene and confessed to the murder.
Channarong Sonnuam was found dead at the back of Makro recently. The 21-year-old [trans woman]’s head was hit to death with a broken piece of concrete. Bophut police also found evidence of sexual assault to the victim. Some nine days after, the police arrested Somchok Chungchiaw, who works as a jet ski shop attendant in Chaweng, about 800 meters from the crime scene.
The investigating team, led by Bophut Police superintendent Pol. Col.Phayoongsak Surin, said that after the review of the IP camera near the scene and the victim’s mobile phone call history, they had sufficient evidence to apprehend Somchok.
Somchok pleaded guilty of killing Channarong but denied raping the victim. The suspect said that he had been so angry when his wife left him and wanted to do something extreme. He then rode his motorbike and parked at Makro. When he saw the Channarong walking alone, he followed her and they had a short chat at the back of the establishment. The suspect asked for sexual favors but when Channarong refused, he punched the victim’s face and hit her with a piece of concrete until she died. He took away her mobile phone
"Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide" research project: The Samui Gazette, 16.07.2010 and Thai Page Online, 14.06.2010