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Briton Toby James Nelhams Named as Third Suspect in the Murder of Tony Kenway in Pattaya

Toby James Nelham hides his face as he is escorted by officials from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday – Photo Niem Chheng

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PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Police have announced the arrest of Toby James Nelhams a British National suspected of involvement in the murder of Tony Kenway in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya.

Deputy National Police Chief Gen. Chhay Sinarith confirmed the arrest of the suspect, who was taken to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning.

Briton Toby Nelhams, the alleged mastermind behind the murder of a British businessman in Pattaya, Thailand, appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday after being arrested in Cambodia.

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On Sunday, police said they could not confirm reports in The Bangkok Post that Mr. Nelhams, 44, had been caught in Cambodia. But on Wednesday, Mr. Nelhams was questioned in court by deputy prosecutor Seang Sok.

“He is the mastermind behind the murder case, and the two others who are the perpetrators have not been found yet,” the immigration officer said, referring to two other suspects who are also believed to have fled to Cambodia.

Nelhams is one of three men sought by Thai police in the Jan. 24 shooting death of Tony Kenway, 39, as he sat in his parked Porsche SUV. Kenway’s widow described him as a website designer, but Thai media suggested he had connections with a gambling website, among other activities.

Alleged getaway motorcycle driver Miles Dicken Turner, 24, a Brit, and alleged shooter Abel Caldeira Bonito, 28 (Right), a South African national, are still on the run.

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Thai police have said the other two suspects, a South African suspected of being the shooter and a Briton believed to have been his getaway driver, fled to Cambodia. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

Police Col. Jirawut Tantasri, chief of the Thai police precinct investigating the killing, confirmed that an arrest warrant had been issued for Nelhams after an investigation. He said Wednesday that he had contacted Cambodian police but had not heard anything from them.

Both Cambodian and Thai authorities have released few details about Nelhams or the circumstances under which he was arrested. His arrest warrant had not been publicized, unlike those of his alleged accomplices, South African Abel Caleira Bonito and Briton Miles Dicken Turner.

By SOPHENG CHEANG

The Associated Press

 

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