A MAN dubbed Thailand’s Jack the Ripper is thought to have killed again after he was released from prison for being an “excellent prisoner.”
Somkid Pumpuang, 55, was sentenced to life in 2005 for the killing of five women but served just 15 years.
Puampong was released from prison seven months ago after murdering five women[/caption]
Pumpuang brutally murdered five women reported to work in Thailand’s lucrative sex and nightlife industry before he was caged in 2005.
Before he murdered his victims, he had sex with them and tied them up – then stole their posessions.
Now, seven months after release cops are hunting him for a sixth murder.
Hotel maid Rasmee Mulichan, 51, was found murdered in Khon Kaen, north-eastern Thailand, on Sunday.
The serial-killer is thought to have contacted Rasmee, posing as a lawyer.
Her son gave a statement saying the last time he spoke to his mother, she said she had met a high-flying lawyer who worked cases all over the country and planned to move him into her home.
According to reports, the killer had wooed her with talk of marriage and a new car.
The 51-year-old maid was found, bound with a phone charger and died from suffocation with cops finding Pumpuang’s fingerprints and documents relating to his car at the scene.
If he has killed someone again he should never be allowed out of prison
Neighbours allegedly told police that they heard Rasmee calling for help on Sunday morning but when they knocked on the door, Somkid answered and said there was no problem.
He is then believed to have fled from a window at the back of the property before the body was found later when neighbours checked again.
Authorities are also offering a 50,000 baht (£1,250) reward for information leading to Somkid’scapture.
Thailand’s corrections department said it was urgently reviewing the sentence reduction policies but also said it was operating at three times capacity with 370,000 inmates.
Rasmee’s devastated cousin Laddaporn Arjsak, 28, said: ”My cousin loved him and she told me that they were getting married on Sunday. Instead she is dead. I want the police to find him so we know what happened.
“If he has killed someone again he should never be allowed out of prison.”
The hunt takes places just months after Pumpuang was deemed an “excellent prisoner” and released after serving just a fraction of his sentence.
Authorities say they are reviewing the country’s early release system.
Thai prisons are stretched the max, currently housing three times the inmates they have the capacity for.
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Around 80 per cent of Thailand’s 370, 000 prisoners are caged for drug offences.
Strict Thai laws mean many foreigners get caught up in the country’s complicated legal system and end up spending time in jail.
Anyone disrespecting the king, or the Thai royal family can serve up to 15 years, for instance.