Horrific details of murder revealed
- Published: 25/04/2013 at 07:12 PM
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The noodle shop owner arrested in connection with the grisly murder of his gay lover whose dismembered body was found in Chai Nat has detailed the events leading up to and after the killing.
Murder suspect Pradit Suwannaphak at a press conference in Bangkok. (Photo by Surapol Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn)
The 36-year-old Pradit Suwannaphak was speaking at a police press conference in Bangkok on Thursday after he was arrested at his house in Muang district, Uthai Thani, in the late hours of Wednesday.
He is accused of killing Kriangkrai Khwan-on, 24, a bank clerk from Bangkok, and cutting up his body.
According to Mr Pradit, he knew Kriangkrai on Facebook and began their intimate relationship about a year ago. In that time, he claimed, he bought him a car, helped pay instalments on his condominium and gave him money for daily expenses. He had spent hundreds of thousands of baht on his partner.
Prior to the murder, Mr Pradit said Kriangkrai came to see him at home and allegedly asked him for 20,000 baht, saying he needed the money for nose surgery.
The noodle vendor did not give it to him, saying they were not together anymore and he suspected the good-looking young bank clerk was meeting someone else.
However, Kriangkrai threatened to post their sex video clip on YouTube if he did not give him the money. The alleged blackmail led to a furious argument in which the suspect shot Kriangkrai in the head, killing him instantly, with a .38 pistol.
After composing himself, Mr Pradit said he feared arrest and did not know where to hide the body because the dead man had a large build.
He then decided to use large butcher knives to dismember Kriangkrai’s body.
The process took him three hours and he did it alone, Mr Pradit said.
He put the victim’s torso and cut-up limbs in plastic bags and dumped them in a dry canal in the neighbouring province of Chai Nat. As for the head, he burned it in the backyard of his house, then put the remains in a plastic bucket and threw it into a pond about nine kilometres from his house.
Earlier, police suspected that there might be more than one killer involved in the case because the dead man was a large man and the killer or killers likely used electric cutters of some type as the victim's limbs were neatly severed.
Mr Pradit admitted he was "losing control" while he was arguing with Kriangkrai and killed him in a fit of rage. He said he was sorry for the crime and would not have done it except that he was angry and lost control.
Photo by Surapol Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn
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