Akeyuth lawyer satisfied with police

The lawyer of murdered businessman Akeyuth Anchanbutr said Thursday police had given an explanation to all 13 questions he had asked seeking clarity about the brutal death and he was satisfied with the answers.

Suwat Apaipak was speaking after a one–hour meeting with Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Khamronwit Thoopkrachang and investigators in Akeyuth’s case at the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Mr Suwat, accompanied by members of the House committee on police affairs, was briefed on progress in the investigation that has entered its third week.     

Mr Suwat said he and Akeyuth’s family wanted to thank police and concerned officials for their speedy work and for answering all of the 13 questions posed by him. 

However, he admitted that he and investigators still did not believe the suspects’ confessions concerning certain points, especially when they cited assets as a motive for the murder.

Mr Suwat asked why Akeyuth’s driver, Santiphap Pengduang, and his accomplice Sutthipong Pimpisarn threw a gold necklace, a gold-studded Buddha amulet and a Rolex watch taken from Akeyuth into the water, and took only the 5 million baht cash, if theft was really the motive. 

He also said confessions regarding the disappearance of the hard disk of the CCTV cameras at Akeyuth's house and the victim’s missing clothes and Louis vuitton pochette remained suspicious.  

The suspects told police they took the hard disk from Akeyuth's house and damaged it as well as cut the victim’s clothes and pochette into pieces.

The whereabouts of the broken hard disk, ripped clothes and pochette are not known.    

A receipt showing car wash charges of 4,900 baht was found in the Volkswagen van used in the kidnapping of Akeyuth. The cost was unusually high, the lawyer said.

He also questioned why Mr Santiphap decided to buy three jeans from Tesco Lotus hypermarket, wore one of them immediately and allowed himself to be caught by security cameras on the premises. The other two pairs of jeans which the prime suspect bought were still missing, he added. 

Mr Suwat believed Mr Santiphap had lied to investigators on several points and called on police to clarify all doubts in the case before wrapping up their probe.   

Pol Lt Gen Khamronwit said the investigation into the remaining suspicious issues would continue and police welcomed any new information that might come to hand.  

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