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Murder fugitive husband arrested in Phang Nga

Murder fugitive husband arrested in Phang Nga

PHUKET: Police today arrested the missing husband of Sopa Thanimkarn, 39, whose body was found dumped beside the road south of Patong last Friday (Jan 29).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 3 February 2021, 06:39PM

Officers arrested Suchart Gunpai, 45, at a room of The Peace Resort in Tambon Lam Kaen, in Phang Nga, north of Phuket, at about 8:30am today (Feb 3), Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Pornsak Nuannu confirmed this afternoon.

Suchart was found with 113 pills of methamphetamine (ya bah) and 18 grams of crystal meth (ya ice), he added.

Suchart was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Phuket Provincial Court on Sunday (Jan 31).

The warrant listed him as wanted for the murder of Ms Sopa, along with separate charges for concealing a victim’s body and for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Suchart, taken into custody by officers of the Thai Mueang Police, was brought back to Phuket by Phuket Provincial Police. 

He confessed that he shot his wife Sopa Thanimkarn because of jealousy, Maj Gen Pornsak told the press today.

Suchart told police that he and his friend Aseed Hasskarndi, 37, together placed Sopa’s body in his motorbike-sidecar (rot saleng) and dumped it on the roadside on the night before her body was found, Maj Gen Pornsak said.

At about 11am today, Cherng Talay Police, led by Capt Chanasin Pratheep Na Thalang, arrested Aseed, who was staying at a house near the shack in Cherng Talay where Suchart and Ms Sopa were staying.

Aseed confessed to his role in disposing Ms Sopa’s body, Maj Gen Pornsak said.

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Aseed told police that he helped Suchart to wrap Ms Sopa’s body and dump it beside the road, but he said he had no part in her murder, Maj Gen Pornsak continued.

At 2:30pm today, Phuket Provincial Police and Cherng Talay Police together had Suchart and Aseed reenact their actions in killing Ms Sopa and dumping her body. 

Gen Pornsak confirmed Aseed has been charged for his part in dumping Ms Sopa’s body. 

When her body was discovered, police found that she had suffered severe trauma to the back of the head, which police originally believed to have been inflicted by a heavy instrument.

However, Karon Police Chief Col Peerapong Chai-aroon later confirmed that the wound was later identified by forensic police to have been caused by a shotgun.

The firearm, fired at very close range, was most likely inflicted by a home-made gun made to fire shotgun cartridges (Thai Pradit), Lt Col Peerapong said.

“Several shots were fired into the head of the deceased,” he said.

Ms Sopa’s family held her funeral at Wat Tha Reua yesterday (Feb 2), with her cremation being held soon after midday.

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Capricornball | 03 February 2021 - 23:36:30

Good catch, glad to know this dangerous piece of s#!^ is off the streets, hopefully for the rest of his miserable life. Too bad Thai police can't practice law enforcement on the roads and crack down on traffic violations as effectively as the criminal investigators. If traffic cops would work as hard as these guys, roads would be safer.


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