The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Russian prime suspect in murder of transgender lover

Russian prime suspect in murder of transgender lover

SURIN: Police were tracking down a Russian man after his transgender girlfriend’s body was found in a closed room at her house in Prasat district yesterday (June 15).

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 16 June 2022, 03:41PM

UPDATE: It was announced this afternoon that police in Pattaya have detained a Lithuanian man in relation to this case. The man was previously widely reported to be a Russian national. See full update here.

The body of Thiraphong Lamluea, 31, was found inside a closed room at her two-storey house in tambon Kang-an around 4:30pm yesterday, reports the Bangkok Post.

Pol Capt Sanee Chimngam, a duty officer at Prasat, said the body was wrapped in a thick blanket that left her legs bare. There was a strong smell and it was believed she had been dead at least a week.

Thiraphong’s mother, Wandee Lamluea, 47, said neighbours told her that there was a nasty odour, like a dead animal, coming from her son’s house. She called a local rescue team to inspect the house.

They found drag marks on the floor and traces of hair and bloodstains outside the door to a spare room. She opened the door and found her son, a transgender woman, lying dead under a blanket.

She had three children and Thiraphong was the eldest and the main breadwinner of the family. He had been romantically involved with a Russian man for 6-7 months. They met in Phuket.

Thiraphong had brought his Russian lover to Prasat district twice, in January and late May, she said. During the first visit they stayed at a hotel. On the second visit they stayed at her son’s house.

She said the Russian had stayed at Thiraphong’s house for one week. He drank a lot of beer. On May 26 the man had brought a box of beer to her house and he drank it with her. She noticed what looked like bloodstains on his legs, and she also saw some bruises.


He had said a bottle had toppled and broken and pieces of it hit his legs, Ms Wandee said. She had no reason to doubt him and they drank together until about 9pm, when he left. Thiraphong had not joined them.

Around 2am the next day she got up to go to the market and passed Thiraphong’s house. She did not see the car her son had rented and driven from Ubon Ratchathani province. She assumed they had left together.

She was shocked to discover yesterday that Thiraphong had been killed. A Pitbull dog had also disappeared and she suspected it had been killed and buried somewhere.

According to Ms Wandee, police has surveillance camera footage showing the rented car left at the Prasat district bus terminal. The Russian man was seen boarding a bus to Rayong.

She said Thiraphong also had a British boyfriend. They had known each other for seven years. He lived in the UK and had not returned to Thailand for a long time. She suspected the Russian man was jealous of him.

Ms Wandee said Thiraphong’s head had been beaten and she believed the killer had hit him with a bottle.

She said she learned from police that the suspect was spotted in Pattaya and they expected to locate him soon. Police were seeking a court arrant for the man’s arrest, she said.

Neigbhours today helped set up tents in front of the house to prepare for funeral rites.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


JohnC | 17 June 2022 - 09:37:22

@Fascinated. Apparently the gatoey met the suspected killer on Phuket.

solar_serfer | 17 June 2022 - 09:36:26

seems like a very futile attempt to dampen Russian nationality reputation, in the light of recent events, nothing more.. no connection to Phuket OR Russia.. weird.

Fascinated | 16 June 2022 - 23:23:04

What is the relevance of this to 'Phuket News'?


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket Governor addresses tsunami fears

Yes JohnC, exactly what was my comment yesterday as well....(Read More)

EXAT Governor in Phuket for B30bn expressway survey

A nice little earner for some. Just destroys some of the last remaining beauty on Phuket driving an ...(Read More)

Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

That many Expats now get in problems with their visa is due to inyentional unlawful handling of RTP,...(Read More)

Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

Time Thai Ministry of Justice start investigating RTP station commanders who ignored more than 100 f...(Read More)

PM ’upbeat’ over tourist numbers

Another 'tourist storm' starts up: Dual hotelroom pricing for foreigners! Just announced/sug...(Read More)

EXAT Governor in Phuket for B30bn expressway survey

All those land plots no doubt were bought by HiSos or senior government officials at ridiculously ch...(Read More)

Expats caught up in Phuket visa scams face being forced to leave the country

It's time PM Prayut, foreign minister Don and Embassies take the helm in this scamming and seedy...(Read More)

Phuket Governor addresses tsunami fears

It's all very well saying Phuket is prepared to respond in case of a tsunami warning but how wel...(Read More)

PM ’upbeat’ over tourist numbers

A perfect storm of a global recession , high fuel prices which will flow through to ticket prices on...(Read More)