Thai police arrested a man from Bangkok on Sunday after he streamed himself on Facebook live physically abusing his 21-year-old girlfriend.
Chaichana Sirichart, 25, had locked his partner Kuldara Yeesaman in his room in an apartment building in Bung Kum district, where he battered her severely until she was covered in blood and swelling with bruises, reports the Mirror.
In the footage, Yeesaman can be seen in tears while the man kept taunting her and threatening to kill her for allegedly having an affair. “Who is your secret boyfriend” the man repeatedly asked while also accusing her of stealing money from his investments.
The 11-minute live video, which he broadcast on his financial trading business page, has since been widely shared and reposted, earning millions of views in just 24 hours.
Viewers reported the attack to the police, who immediately arrived at the scene to rescue the battered girlfriend and arrest Sirichart.
Sirichart would later admit to the police that he punched his girlfriend repeatedly and even attacked her with a broom and a hairdryer.
According to deputy police chief Wirachai Songmetta, Sirichart was still unable to provide a coherent statement, noting that he tested positive for methamphetamines, Bangkok Post reports.
Sirichart, who runs a company called Global FX Investment, has claimed that he is being chased by angry customers for failing to deliver on a promise of massive financial returns. He blamed his financial troubles for the cause of his descent into drug use.
Sirichart is now facing charges of causing injury, illegal detention, importing images to shame others into a computer system, and Type 1 drug use. While Yeesaman suffered injuries to multiple parts of her body, she was still able to provide her account of the brutal attack.
The victim is currently being treated in a hospital while Sirichart remains in police custody.
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