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Smartwatch may hold clue to model’s death

Smartwatch may hold clue to model’s death

BANGKOK: It will be known on Monday if data from a smartwatch worn by product presenter Thitima “Lunlabelle” Noraphanpiphat is reliable enough to be used as evidence in the criminal investigation into her death, a police source says.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 23 September 2019, 09:47AM


‘Pretty’ product presenters are called for interrogation at the Bukkhalo police station in Thon Buri district, Bangkok, on Sunday as police were investigating the death of their colleague Thitima ‘Lunlabelle’ Noraphanpiphat. Photo: Watcharawit Phudork / Bangkok Post

‘Pretty’ product presenters are called for interrogation at the Bukkhalo police station in Thon Buri district, Bangkok, on Sunday as police were investigating the death of their colleague Thitima ‘Lunlabelle’ Noraphanpiphat. Photo: Watcharawit Phudork / Bangkok Post

Thitima’s mother handed over the device to investigators in the hope it could help solve the mystery surrounding her death, after netizens spotted what appeared to be a smartwatch on Thitima’s wrist in a picture shared on social media.

Investigators hope data collected from the smartwatch, which the public sees as a crucial piece of evidence, will shed some light on Thitima’s death.

The source said the smartwatch was forwarded to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) for further examination, and the results due later today (Sept 23).

Pol Maj Gen Samrit Tongtao, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 8, said the smartwatch takes records of the user’s movements and heart rate which could be used to help figure out the user’s activities.

“But first, investigators have to determine whether the data is reliable enough to be used as evidence,” he said.

Thitima was last seen on a surveillance camera footage lying on a sofa in the lobby of a condominium in Thon Buri last week, where Rachadech “Nam Oun” Wongthabutr, the prime suspect, lives.

According to police, Mr Rachadech claimed he and Thitima, a so-called “pretty” or product presenter, met at a party at a house in Nonthaburi's Bang Bua Thong district.

They had some drinks but she became quite drunk so he decided to take her back to his condo.

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Mr Rachadech was seen in the footage carrying the unconscious Thitima into the condo building and later to the sofa at the condo lobby, where she was found dead by her friend.

Gen Samrit said police have interviewed those who attended the party and are scheduled to interview a number of witnesses at the condo.

Mr Rachadech apparently told them that Thitima was his girlfriend and he was taking her to his room. Early reports suggested the victim may have taken drugs before she died, or been given them surreptitiously.

When asked about to confirm media reports that suggest Thitima’s blood alcohol level reached 400 milligrammes, a dangerously high level that could be fatal, the commissioner said police are still waiting for a lab test result.

He said investigators are collecting as much evidence as possible and have yet to press charges against anyone.

Earlier, Gen Samrit dismissed reports that police were about to issue an arrest warrant, saying officers had to look further into several alleged offences that might have contributed to Thitima’s death.

“Investigators need to know the real cause of Thitima’s death, which could have resulted from a heart attack, drug use or excessive alcohol consumption,” he said. “The results of forensic tests are still pending.”

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Kurt | 24 September 2019 - 13:17:27

Well, the whole investigations shuffles already in direction 'nothing' with that funny focus on smartwatch. Nothing will come out of that. After 'understanding investigation' of the private setting of the drink party, ( no mystery) the data of the smartwatch would not reliable for any use. Case closed. Hard to charge others as she got very drunk, according autopsy.

Kurt | 24 September 2019 - 11:51:00

Dek, you compare apples with pears.  I am sure that pretty boys and pretty girls attending 'closed private parties'  are not working as product presenter in a Tesco Lotus.  The idea made me laugh. Well, we red this morning in BangkokPost that the girl was super drunk. Died of over use of alcohol.

Christy Sweet | 24 September 2019 - 08:22:31

I do not think it's a given women who work at standing around for hours as objects of desire- in heels no less and for a relative pittance, are going to also lay on their backs for a few minutes for 5 x the cash.  

DeKaaskopp | 23 September 2019 - 22:03:44

"is actually a prostitute...Is that correct?" No,it's not ! But you could try to find out by yourself.Just ask one of those "product presenter"if they would like to go with you for money if you see them next time advertising some product at " Tesco Lotus".I bet the result will be funny.

MartinK | 23 September 2019 - 21:09:02

A toxicology test should be enough. A young girl in her 20's being carried around by a guy. She is passed out. She has a heart attack. Check for GBH in her bloodstream. Which they know already, they just need to time to finish financial arrangements with the guy who did it and give him time to clear the drugs from his home. Then, natural causes.

Kurt | 23 September 2019 - 14:05:52

So, a pretty girl or boy, labeled as 'product presenter' is actually a prostitute on house visit? The product is their body?  Is that correct?

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