Here is a brief report of the press conference of the Chief Commissioner of the National Thai Police on the murder of the Swiss tourist
General Suwat Jangyodsuk said at a press conference yesterday: “The suspect in the murder of a Swiss tourist at Ton Ao Yon waterfall in Phuket province is a 27-year-old local resident who lived near the crime scene. lives and had lost his job due to the pandemic. The suspect was arrested on Saturday under an arrest warrant and confessed to the crime.
“Examination of CCTV footage revealed that the suspect rode a motorcycle to the crime scene 12 minutes before the deceased arrived and returned three hours later on the same route,” the chief said.
The suspect said he was looking for wild orchids around Ton Ao Yon waterfall when he saw the woman sitting alone by the waterfall. The suspect tried to strangle the victim from behind, but the woman fought back. Both fell into the pond, but the Swiss woman died. The suspect then placed the dead body face down and covered it with a large piece of dark-coloured plastic cover and stones that were nearby. The deceased’s backpack was hidden behind the tree and the shoes were thrown away. The suspect took 300 baht from the backpack of the deceased and is said to have used part of it to buy drugs.
Police have charged the suspect with theft and causing death. The suspect has been arrested for drug possession in the past – on October 5, 2020.
During the press conference at Phuket Police Station, police contacted the suspect by phone and gave the media permission to ask him questions. During this phone call, the suspect insisted that he had no intention of killing. He only needed money because he lost his job due to the Covid19 pandemic.
The suspect apologized for the damage he had caused the Thai people and the family of the deceased.
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