A former municipal councillor sentenced to demise in absentia for the homicide of a rich Dutchman, in collusion with the sufferer’s spouse and brother, has been arrested in Phrae province after 13 years on the run.
Crime Suppression Division police arrested Anupong Suthani, 54, in tambon Wang Thong of Muang district of the northern province on Tuesday, CSD commander Pol Maj Gen Jirabhob Bhuridej stated on Wednesday.
Anupong was needed on an arrest warrant issued by the Pattaya provincial court docket on Dec 21, 2007 for colluding in homicide in 2003.
Anupong, a former Lang Suan municipal councillor in Chumphon, had been employed to construct a home for Jules Odekerken, 49, from Holland, the proprietor of Fast Information Pattaya and one other overseas newspaper bought in Pattaya and Phuket.
The Dutchman had married Marisa Prommana, 37, a Thai girl residing in Pattaya metropolis, Chon Buri. The couple had one daughter.
Anupong had turn into romantically concerned with Marisa and discovered that her husband had life insurance coverage and different property price greater than 100 million baht. The suspect then conspired with the sufferer’s spouse and her elder brother Seksan Prommana to kill the person and hopefully inherit his property, Pol Maj Gen Jirabhop stated.
On Nov 16, 2003, Anupong and Seksan had caught Oderken alone in Pattaya and crushed him mindless with wood batons.
They thought he was lifeless and tied a rope round his neck and dragged his physique to a automobile. On the best way, the sufferer regained consciousness, struggled and shouted for assist. So the 2 males beat him repeatedly on the top with rocks till he was lifeless, Pol Maj Gen Jirabhob stated.
They later left his physique at a rubbish dump at Soi Inexperienced Method, Muang district of Chon Buri, the place it was later found and police knowledgeable
All three folks concerned within the homicide had been arrested. Marisa and Seksan confessed and got life imprisonment. Anupong denied any involvement within the homicide and was launched on bail.
On Dec 21, 2007, Anupong was due in court docket for a ruling within the case. He failed to indicate up. He was sentenced to demise in absentia and a bench warrant issued for his arrest.
Pol Col Nethi Wongkularb, who led the CSD arrest group, stated Anupong had hidden out in a number of provinces and adjusted his first and final names. He had requested somebody to be his consultant in shopping for some property in Phrae province, the place he had been residing for greater than 10 years earlier than his arrest.
Throughout police interrogation, Anupong confessed to the homicide cost and expressed regret for what he had executed.
He was handed over to Pattaya court docket, Pol Col Nethi stated.