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Police chief confirms arrest of Swiss tourist murder suspect in Phuket

Police chief confirms arrest of Swiss tourist murder suspect in Phuket

PHUKET: National police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk has confirmed that police have arrested a suspect for the murder of Swiss tourist Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, reports state news agency TNA, operated by the MCOT, the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 7 August 2021, 05:02PM

Gen Suwat confirmed that there was good news in the case, said the report.

Asked whether police had arrested any suspect for Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s murder, Gen Suwat replied, “Yes, we have. For details whether the suspect is Thai or foreigner, I would not like to reveal at this moment”.

However, he declined to comment further.

The report noted that Gen Suwat brought a team of lead investigators from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Bangkok to lead the multi-agency investigation that included local police,Provincial Police, Tourist Police and Immigration officers.

Leading the investigation is CSD Deputy Commissioner Maj Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej.

The team of investigators inspected three workers camps in the area, which are home to many Thais and foreigners, said the report.

At about 3:45pm this afternoon (Aug 7), MCOT posted another update, reporting, “Police are questioning the suspect in the female tourist murder case. So far, no officer has confirmed whether the man is only a suspect or the actual murder, or whether the man is Thai or Myanmar national.

The latter MCOT report posted several images of the suspect and a segment of CCTV footage showing the man walking in the area where Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s body was found.

The photos and images were credited to Wichit Police.

According to the Bangkok Post, A police source, asking not to be named, said on Saturday that investigators had examined security camera video in areas near the waterfall — there were none at the actual site — and taken some people in for questioning. One of them acted suspiciously and a check found some bruises on his body.

After an intensive interrogation, the man confessed, according to the source. Police searched him and found an ID card that identified him as Teerawat Thothip, 27, of Thalang district in Phuket.

The suspect, known locally as “Bang Lee”, told investigators he spotted the tourist when he went to the waterfall and saw the tourist. He reportedly claimed to have become aroused but when he attempted to act on that impulse, the woman resisted. They fought, and he pressed her head into the water until she died and then he fled, according to the source.

The bruises and wounds on his body occurred during the struggle and from a fall onto some rocks at the waterfall, added the source.

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Nasa12 | 09 August 2021 - 09:09:37

Christy Sweet, I think this lady fighting back, and then under her fingernails should be some dna.

Kurt | 09 August 2021 - 08:57:37

The infamous investigation team, same team that caught the Burmese Koh Tao 'murders'(?), were quick roaming around in workers camps. Initial wrong report of a Burmese catch was luckily soon buried. Burmese workers on Phuket must feel relieved now not to be any longer on investigation radar. The suspect is one of their own.

Christy Sweet | 08 August 2021 - 21:50:52

What DNA? No one has made any accusation of semen emissions and the accused is admitting to choking her in a robbery, not a sexual assault. Maybe she was changing into or out of  a bathing suit which would explain the half nudity. Should be giving people money  to get through these times so they are driven to acts of desperation that can go terribly wrong. 

Nasa12 | 08 August 2021 - 13:58:29

A confession is not solid evidence at all. If the DNA matches, that will be solid evidence. At the moment, no solid evidence of the alleged killer's guilt has been presented. And the Royal Thai Police, like some other Thai institutions, have issues with their reputation. It will be great if they have in fact caught the killer, but it's a bit premature to assume that that is the case.

Dave_C | 08 August 2021 - 11:34:33

Hopefully today the police will explain why the original alleged assailant was a 33 year old Burmese national (whose photo was posted) and now it is a 27 year old Thai national,

DeKaaskopp | 08 August 2021 - 08:46:19

Mr K, N12 ,XiV among others should keep quiet now for a while after their hasty, know it all better and partly idiotic comments made regarding RTP and this case. 

Dave_C | 07 August 2021 - 23:20:56

How much honor is displayed by splashing the photo of an ALLEGED Myanmar assailant which is not proven in a Court of Law if there is any such thing? Next thing it will be a Muslim Thai person !!


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