Akeyuth suspects plead not guilty
- Published: 28 Oct 2013 at 20.58
- Online news:
Six people charged in connection with the murder of real estate businessman Akeyuth Anchanbutr on Monday pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against them.
Four key defendants who have been indicted on eight charges including premeditated murder, robbery, coercion and detention, and concealing a body are among the group.
The four are Akeyuth's driver Santiphap Pengduang and his alleged accomplices Sutthipong Pimpisarn, Chaowalit Woonchum and Thiwakorn Kuathong.
Two other defandants, Mr Santiphap's parents Ithipol and Jitampai Pengduang, have been indicted on charges of receiving stolen items.
After the judge read out and explained the charges, the six defendants denied all of them and vowed to fight the case to prove their innocence.
A total of 94 people representing the prosecution will testify before the court, while the defendants will call 23 witnesses. The court will first hear the witnesses' testimony on the plaintiff side on Jan 21, next year.
Akeyuth was reported missing on June 6. His body was found in the southern province of Phatthalung on June 12. According to the police investigation, Mr Santiphap and his associates killed the businessman for his money.
The first four defendants are accused of stealing money and valuables worth 6.6 million baht from the 59-year-old before murdering him between June 6 and 9.
The fifth and sixth defendants allegedly received 4.2 million baht of the stolen money from their son and the first defendant, Mr Santiphap, and buried it in different places.