Man, 26, thought to have to committed suicide, a suspect in murder of woman, 39
By Wimon Thabkhong,
A 26-year-old Thai man, who allegedly committed suicide by letting a train run over him on Saturday night in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Cha-am district, was identified as a suspect in the murder of a 39-year-old Bangkok woman whose body, with multiple stab wounds in the neck, was found stuffed in a large plastic box in a house in Hua Hin district on Sunday, police said.
Provincial police chief said the man, identified later as Dithawat Dros, 26, was linked to the murder case as he was the tenant of the rented house where the woman’s body was found.
Police suspect that he might have killed the woman in anger and committed suicide to avoid punishment, police said.
The woman, who was supposedly dead for three days before her body was found, was later identified as Suchapat Hiranpanthachote.
A Muang Hua Hin hotel had earlier alerted police about a female guest who had left behind all her belongings without checking out of the hotel as scheduled on October 9.
Suchapat’s younger brother, who along with relatives came to Hua Hin to look for the missing woman after being unable to contact her, told police that the victim had left her home for Hua Hin on October 8, corroborating the hotel’s information that she had checked in that night alone.
She reportedly left in her black sedan the following morning and never returned to the hotel.
The brother joined police to check the rented house in question to look for her.
They encountered strong smell coming from the locked house, where the woman’s black sedan was found parked.
Her body along with a bloodstained knife was found in the toilet.
A neighbour, Doungdao Bali, 49, told police that the house was for rent and previously two men and a woman stayed there but in recent times there was only one man who stayed there.
She said she had heard a loud noise from that house three days ago but did not suspect any wrongdoing although she was later puzzled to see the male tenant leaving the house by jumping over the fence and riding away on a motorcycle. She said she had felt the stench but didn’t think it was from a murder next door.
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