Court denies Supat's appeal for bail

The Court of Appeal has rejected an application for the release on bail of Supat Laohawattana, a former physician at Police General Hospital in Bangkok, who is accused of murdering at least four people.

Meanwhile, police said they will bring additional charges against Supat after bullet holes and fragments were found in skeletons unearthed in his orchard.

The Region 7 court on Ratchadaphisek Road, Bangkok, on Tuesday upheld the Petchaburi Provincial Court’s decision to deny bail for Pol Col Supat, who currently faces charges of restraining people against their will, conspiracy to steal and possession of stolen items. 

The court denied bail on the grounds Pol Col Supat remains a senior police officer who could well tamper with evidence and it would be hard to track him down if he flees. 

Meanwhile, forensic scientists are making a second round of DNA tests on skeletal remains unearthed at Pol CVol Supat's property in Phetchaburi province. They will compare them with samples provided by the mothers of missing couple Samart Noomjui and Orasa Kerdsap. 

Phetchaburi police in charge of the case will wait for the results of the tests before deciding whether to press murder charges against Pol Col Supat.

Pol Lt Gen Hanphon Nitwiboon, the Provincial Police Region 7 commissioner, said on Tuesday that investigators were compiling a new case against the former physician at the Police General Hospital.

The announcement came after the DNA tests on remains found buried at Pol Col Supat's abandoned orchard in Phetchaburi clearly indicated homicide in the case of two of the three skeletons dug up there. A bullet hole and bullet fragments were found in each of the two skulls.

Earlier DNA tests did not match the remains to Samart and Orasa, who have been missing since 2009 and whose relatives believe were killed.

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