UBON RATCHATHANI – Thai Police have arrested a 51-year-old British man for allegedly kicking his 29-year-old Thai wife to death in a fit of jealousy at a house in Det Udom district, Monday.
The body of the woman, identified as Kanda Smitham, was found lying dead with bruises to her face and body in front of the one-storey house in tambon Non Somboon when police arrived on Monday morning. The woman, wearing only panties, was covered with a blanket. Police said she had been dead for several hours, Thai media reported.
Her British husband, Kevin Smitham, was standing behind the house. He confessed to having assaulted his wife by kicking her in the face in a fit of jealousy. He insisted he had no intention of killing her.
Pol Col Pattharapol Phothiar, chief of Det Udom police, said an initial investigation found that the couple were drinking beer with the woman’s relatives at the house on Sunday night. At around 9pm, the relatives left the house.
At around 5am on Monday, neighbors walking past the house saw Kanda lying on the front porch, Upon approach, they found that she was dead and immediately alerted police.
The Manager Online reported that Mr Smitham told police that after drinking beer with his wife on Sunday night, a quarrel erupted after he wanted to have sex with her, but she refused.
He then became enraged, suspecting that she might have another lover. In a fit of jealousy, he kicked her several times in the face and the body. Kanda ran away and collapsed in front of the house.
He let her lie there and later used a blanket to cover her body before going to bed.
Police said they found Kevin in the morning standing by the side of a building and that he was “hungover” after spending the previous night drinking.
Inspector General Pimwong added: “The victim’s husband confessed to killing his wife. He said that he did not mean to kill her.
Police were investigating.