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Suspect in murder of rich sweetheart seen in Cambodia

Suspect in murder of rich sweetheart seen in Cambodia

BANGKOK: Bangkok police confirmed yesterday (Aug 2) that murder suspect Atsaya Chaipa, 33, was seen on camera at a hotel in Cambodia on the night of July 27, less than a day after allegedly killing his rich girlfriend and employer in Bangkok.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 3 August 2018, 08:56AM


Thitima Tangwibunphanit, 39, seen with her boyfriend and suspected killer at a hotel in Lad Phrao district, Bangkok, on July 26, a few days before her body was found there. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Thitima Tangwibunphanit, 39, seen with her boyfriend and suspected killer at a hotel in Lad Phrao district, Bangkok, on July 26, a few days before her body was found there. Photo: via Bangkok Post

Maj Gen Teerapong Wongratpitak, commander of Metropolitan Police subdivision 4, said yesterday that the suspect was seen at the hotel with another person.

He did not identify the hotel and said police did not know if his companion was involved in the murder of Thitima Tangwibunphanit, 39, in Bangkok on July 26-27.

Ms Thitima’s wallet and ATM cards were also missing from her Mercedes-Benz E220, abandoned near the Cambodian border in Chanthaburi province. It was left at a private parking lot near the Ban Pakard border crossing in tambon Klong Yai of Chanthaburi’s Pong Nam Ron district.

Ms Thitima and the suspect had withdrawn B200,000 in cash from her account before she was killed, but the withdrawal did not seem to be forced, Maj Gen Teerapong said.

Col Supol Kamchu, chief of Chokchai Police Station, said yesterday that Atsaya was seen exiting the hotel in Cambodia at 7:10pm on July 27. He was there for only an hour and a half, he said.

The abandoned Mercedes was taken to Chokchai Police Station yesterday morning for examination and collection of evidence.

The dead woman’s father, Amnuay Wichaichote, 67, said when police handed her belongings over to him that he had been suspicious of Atsaya since he first met him a year ago.

He found his daughter’s murder “intolerable”.

A conflict over money could have been the motive for Ms Thitima’s murder, Mr Amnuay said. A maid at the Bangkok hotel where she was later found dead reported that she had earlier heard a loud demand for repayment made inside the room as she went past.

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He had no idea how much the suspect had borrowed from his late daughter.

Ms Thitima’s young brother Bundit Tangwibunphanit said her missing valuables included a gold bracelet and ring and B200,000 in cash.

Ms Thitima was the managing director of Mahakiat Property Co, ran property and transport businesses, and owned three petrol stations.

She arrived at Greenpoint Residence Hotel on Pradit Manutham Rd in Lad Phrao district with Mr Atsaya, who was reportedly her employee, at 10:40pm on July 26. The suspect drove off from the hotel alone a few hours later in her car.

Ms Thitima’s body was found in their room on the seventh floor on Monday (July 30) with a severe head injury on the right temple. A dented aluminium baseball bat with blood stains was found in the room.

Maj Gen Teerapong said Cambodian authorities were informed that Atsaya was wanted for the murder and were cooperative. An arrest warrant had been issued on charges of murder and theft.

Investigators had also learned that Atsaya was a heavy gambler, he said.

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