Mohsen Sarafrazi, 39, turned himself in to police this morning (Sept 21) after the court issued a warrant for his arrest, and denied all charges. He claimed she was just jealous.
The young woman, her head shaved, was accompanied by a foreign friend when she filed a complaint with Pattaya police yesterday night (Sept 20). She was identified only as Neung, of Prachinburi.
She told police her ex-boyfriend had a condominium rental business in Pattaya.
He approached her on Walking Street in South Pattaya around 3:30am on Wednesday (Sept 19), grabbed and forcibly took her to his motorcycle. She called for help and an American tourist tried to intervene, but the Iranian’s two companions kept him away and said it was a family affair, threatening to assault him if he became involved.
Ms Neung said the Iranian took her to a condominium room on Jomtien Beach, where she was handcuffed and detained. He put a mask on her and kept threatening her, she said. He allegedly demanded that she return B30,000 to him by Oct 15, or he would send his men to assault her.
He also asked her to sign a contract as evidence, before raping her twice.
She alleged Mr Mohsen then shaved her head and would not let her leave the room. She pretended to agree, but later told him she needed to fetch her clothes from her room before returning to stay with him. Convinced, he let her leave, she said.
She later consulted her friends before deciding to file the complaint, and feared for her own safety, Ms Neung said.
Mr Mohsen today told police he ran a motorcycle rental service and managed foreign affairs for a company in Pattaya, saying he had a work permit.
He rejected the woman’s allegations of rape and kidnapping, saying they had been romantically involved for one year before separating. He had met her on Walking St by chance and then took her to his condominium room. He denied using force.
He claimed he neither handcuffed nor assaulted her. He admitted he had sex with her, but said it was with her consent.
Mr Mohsen also denied shaving her head, saying she did it herself. After they had sex, the woman had checked his mobile phone and saw photos of an Iranian woman, his new girlfriend. He claimed Ms Neung acted out of jealousy after seeing the photos.
Pattaya police chief Col Apichai Krobphet said investigators would view surveillance camera recordings on Walking St and then put the case to public prosecutors.
Earlier on the same day, Ms Nueng was called in to give further statements to Col Apichai and Lt Col Piyapong Ensarn, Pattaya tourist inspector about the incident.
Ms Neung later gave another statement to police, saying she said and the man had been sweethearts for one year, but she left him four months ago because he often assaulted her.
She said she spoke the truth and would fight the case to the end.
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