CHIANGRAI TIMES – A British pensioner and his Thai wife have been found brutally murdered in a beach resort bungalow on the Gulf of Thailand. Police were today holding a security guard, a chef and a local fisherman over the murder.
They say the men were looking for cash but only got the equivalent of £41, a bank card and a mobile phone. The victims were named as Michael Raymond, aged 68, and his Thai wife Suchada Bonkamdi, aged 52.
Their bodies were discovered yesterday afternoon by a maid at the Jack Beach Resort in Prachuap Khiri Khan, 180 miles south of Bangkok.
Both Mr Raymond and his wife had been severely beaten about the face and head.
Police said two of the suspects, Pongpitak Tapsawang, 29, and Prachak Muenjinda, 50, had confessed to robbing and murdering Michael Raymond, 68 and Suchada Baokhamdee, 52, at the Jack Beach Resort. They worked in the resort as security guard and cook respectively.
The third suspect, Jakkarin Yuyen, 30, denied the charge. Police alleged that Jakkarin visited the resort to borrow money from Prachak before deciding to rob the couple.
Prachuab Khiri Khan Governor Veera Sriwattanatrakul said that the gruesome murder badly tarnished the province and its tourism business. Resorts in the province should from now on be equipped with security cameras to ensure safety and help police if crimes occurred.
Meanwhile Thawatchai Daengchum, president of Huay Yang Tambon Administrative Organisation, said the crime had shocked people, as the beach area, which is home to several resorts, is known to be peaceful and is popular with foreigners.