Friday, August 19, 2005

Cambodian Monk Found Electrocuted in Thailand

A Buddhist monk-in-training from Cambodia was electrocuted in northeastern Thailand when he touched a live electric wire set as a trap for Peeping Toms seeking to peer at women using a nearby bathroom, police said Thursday.

The body of the 19-year-old Buddhist novice from the northwestern Cambodian province of Siem Reap was found Thursday morning near the bathroom built outside the home of Thongkhao Hajhom in Thailand's Sisaket province, 430 kilometers north of Bangkok, police Captain Waranon Jullanon said.

Thongkhao told police he set up a live electric wire outside the bathroom to shock people peeping after he heard that young men in the area were peering at his daughter when she took her bath.

No one had been caught in the trap until Thursday, when police were informed that the body of the young monk in his saffron-coloured robe was discovered near the bathroom and an autopsy found that he had been electrocuted.

No charges have been filed against Thongkhao and an investigation was continuing, police said.

The name of the monk, who was staying temporarily at a temple near the house, was not available.

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