West London massage therapist, Mongkhon Thopwan, has been jailed for 11 years for sexually assaulting two of his clients. The 54-year-old was convicted of six offences after a six-day trial.
The court was told by two independent victims how on two separate occasions, seven months apart, 54-year-old Thopwan had seriously sexually assaulted the two women. The first assault took place on November 1, 2020, when a client in her 20s went for massage therapy at the Nine Lucksa massage parlour in West Kensington.
Two days after the initial attack, Thopwan was arrested and bailed with strict conditions while authorities carried out further enquiries. At the time the premises were closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Police ensured that Nine Lucksa did not have its business licence renewed nor did Thopwan have his therapist's licence renewed. This was effective from December 1 of the same year, however, a second victim, a woman in her 30s, was sexually assaulted on June 17, 2021, at the same premises.
Thopwan was arrested again the next day and charged with five counts of assault by penetration and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent.
The second victim, using the pseudonym Molly, said: "I considered keeping this serious assault a secret and staying silent because I really could not bear the thought of ever repeating what happened. It felt too weird, humiliating, and hideous. When I think now about the anger, sadness, and anxiety that would have eaten at my soul had I not said something, that hurts.
"Running on adrenaline and complete panic I phoned my best friend and she persuaded me to the phone the police, oh gosh am I glad I did, it was instantly "not my secret". It was out there 'away' from me, 'away' from my heart. 'away' from my soul. "And as a result, I had a crazy supportive network holding me up and holding me tight. Within an hour of telling the police what happened this man was arrested and spent three months in jail before being bailed on the strictest of conditions."
Detectives said that with no forensic or CCTV evidence available the case relied solely on the evidence of the victims. Detective Constable Natalie Witt said: "I applaud the tremendous courage and bravery of these two women, as without their evidence we would not have been able to remove this sexual predator from our streets."
Ms Witt added: "Thopwan is an extremely dangerous offender who targeted these women when they were at their most vulnerable. Their crucial evidence led to his conviction and has ensured Thopwan cannot subject anyone else to such horrific attacks."