Man held over brutal murder

CHIANG MAI – Police on Monday arrested a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and then attempted arson.

Pairoj Nantatunti

Police named the suspect as Pairoj Nantatunti, who was accused of murdering Acharanee Rakcheu, 22, in an apartment in Nonthaburi province last week.

At the scene, police found a naked woman lying dead on the bed. Her throat was deeply cut and her left ear was severed. There were many stab marks on her left arm and also a deep cut in her groin area. There were also burn marks all over her body.

There was handwriting on her lower belly and both calves. Her cat was also killed, its body found next to the bed.

The victim's brother, Chatcharin Rakcheu, 21, said he also saw the suspect trying to burn down his house.

Mr Chatcharin said his sister had an argument with Pairoj on the day she was murdered. He was convinced that Pairoj was responsible for his sister's death.

Police said they received reports from Chiang Mai police that Pairoj was hiding in Mae Rim district. Villagers said he had shaved his head to hide his identity.

The suspect participated in an ordination ceremony at a local temple. He was arrested wearing a monk robe as he tried to flee across the border.

The man has been transported to Bangkok for further questioning. Police will reveal more details of the case on Tuesday.

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