Police dig for more bodies in orchard

Police have resumed the search for more bodies in the abandoned pineapple orchard of accused multiple murderer Pol Col Supat Laohawattana.

Meanwhile the suspect's elder brother has refused to report to local police for questioning, saying he feared for his safetey if he returned to the area in Phetchaburi where three skeletons have already been found buried.

Pol Col Pichai Pokpong, chief of Thai Mai Ruak police in Tha Yang district, said Suthep  Laohawattana had  been summoned for questioning. However, he refused to travel to the area, claiming that he would be in danger if he was seen the area.

Mr Suthep had pledged to cooperate with the police, he said, and instead of reporting would be allowed to fax the purchase agreement for the white van found at the suspect’s disused pineapple orchard.

He said police were resuming the search for another body suspected to have been buried in the orchard.
Mr Suthep has insisted that he is not involved in the missing people being linked to his accused brother, who was a doctor at the Police Hospital until his recent dismissal, or the skeletons found buried at in the orchard.

The court has meanwhile scheduled a hearing on Oct 6 in their dispute regarding the management of their mother’s assets and inheritance before making the ruling.

The commander of Phetchaburi Central Prison, Surasit Jitchobjai, reported that Pol Col Supat appeared to be in good physical and mental condition.  He is quartered with 30 other inmates and being treated according to standard prison rules.