SKELETONS IN ORCHARD CASE
PHETCHABURI : Police yesterday shrugged off a statement by accused murderer Supat Laohawattana that alleged the suspect has been treated unfairly. Police said the allegations of bias and mistreatment were groundless.
Supat: Says he’s been framed
The letter written by Pol Col Supat was brought to the media by his son, Ake Laohawattana, on Monday. Pol Col Supat is being detained in Phetchaburi prison.
The doctor's statement would not lead to any changes in the police investigation of the murder charges being pursued against him, said Pol Col Pichai Pokpong, chief of Tha Mai Ruak police station in Tha Yang district.
Pol Col Pichai said Pol Col Supat, a former doctor at Police General Hospital who has been implicated in the murders of up to four people, did not have any evidence or proof to back his claims.
Police continue to dig up the doctor's pineapple orchard, searching for the remains of married couple Samart Noomjui and Orasa Kerdsap, who have been missing since 2009 and once worked for Pol Col Supat.
Three human skeletons have already been found buried in the orchard. But the first round of DNA tests by the Police General Hospital's Institute of Forensic Medicine showed the skeletons did not match that of any the DNA samples taken from the relatives of the missing couple.
The DNA tests are being repeated at another forensic institute to ensure accuracy, police said.
Sawang Noomjui, Mr Samart's father, said he would file a defamation suit against Pol Col Supat for saying he once worked for Suthep Laohawattana, the doctor's elder brother.
In the letter, Pol Col Supat alleges that his older brother _ who is embroiled in a bitter family legal dispute with the doctor _ was attempting to frame him with the murder case.
Mr Sawang said the claim was totally untrue and he had not known Mr Suthep before.
Mr Sawang also denied Pol Col Supat's claim that he had faced various criminal charges including murder, saying if the claim was true, he would have been in jail by now.
He also dismissed Pol Col Supat's claim that his missing son was involved in an illicit drug trade."He should have backed his claims with evidence. I can't believe that he could defame even a dead person," said Mr Sawang.
A claim by the doctor's son, Mr Ake, who said he had never been to his father's orchard before was also untrue, said Mr Sawang, who insisted that he had seen Mr Ake at the orchard, where the three skeletons were found.
Police, meanwhile, continued searching the orchard in the hope to find more corpses or evidence. They dug up five more areas yesterday but found nothing.