A serial killer known as Thailand’s Jack the Ripper has been arrested on suspicion of murder, seven months after he was released early from prison.
Somkid Poompuang was arrested on a train after a nationwide manhunt, which started on Sunday when he was identified as a suspect in the killing of a hotel maid.
Somkid was dubbed the Jack the Ripper of Thailand in 2005 after being convicted of killing five women who worked as nightclub entertainers and masseuses, either by strangling or drowning them.
He had been released in May this year. Prison officials now say his release was based on a misguided policy regarding well-behaved convicts.
He is suspected of killing Rasamee Mulichand, who is thought to have been living with him as her boyfriend having met him online.
Photos on her Facebook page show her with a man police believe to be Somkid.
Police Colonel Khajornrit Wongrat said: “She told her daughter and neighbours that she was going to marry the man on 15 December, which was the day she died.
“The boyfriend went missing on the day, too.”
Her photos and details were released to the public with a reward of 50,000 baht (£1,260) for information leading to his arrest.
A couple who were on a train from the northeast of the country to Bangkok called police to tell them he was sitting near them and Somkid was arrested at the next stop.