14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Chilling CCTV Footage Shows Man Leading Six-Year-Old To Her Death


In a chilling echo of James Bulger's abduction 20 years ago, a man was caught on CCTV leading a six-year-old girl by the hand before he raped and killed her.

The chilling footage was released in Thailand 10 days after the girl's disappearance, which sparked a massive police hunt and shocked the nation.

The grainy clip shows the girl, nicknamed 'Nong Cartoon', strolling with a stranger through the lobby of Bearing skytrain station in Bangkok.

The search ended with the discovery of the child's strangled body in a deserted area of the city.

Detectives arrested a 32-year-old music roadie, named only as 'Nui', 400 miles away in the northern city of Nong Khai, following a tip-off from a member of public.

'Cartoon' vanished from her father's pick-up truck where she had been sleeping while he watched the end of a folk music concert in Thailand's capital on November 6.

Her dad, Sayan Petchdon, had taken her to the show with seven friends but, when she grew sleepy, he took her to nap in the vehicle outside the venue at around 10.20pm.

After staying with her for 10 minutes, he returned to watch the end of the concert which finished at 11pm. When he came back to the truck less than 40 minutes later she was gone.

'Nui' had only been released from jail last August after serving three years and eight months for the abduction of a child under 15 years old. Since his arrest, he has confessed to kidnapping and raping nine more victims, four of whom he killed.

Just as the James Bulger case rocked Britain, Nong Cartoon's abduction has left Thailand reeling.

James, who was two years and 10 months old, was caught on CCTV being led away by 10-year-old Jon Venables and Robert Thompson from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bottle, Merseyside, on February 12 1993.

Venables and Thompson were later convicted of his abduction, torture and murder.