Canadian tourist's killer 'confesses'

A policeman suspected of murdering a Canadian tourist in Mae Hong Son in 2008 has allegedly confessed to the killing, Canadian media reported.

Former Pol Sgt Uthai Dechawiwat will soon go on trial in Chiang Mai, where he is already serving a 25-year sentence for killing his wife, according to a report by the Canadian Press news agency.

Murder victim Leo Del Pinto, left. Accused killer and former police sergeant Uthai Dechawiwat has allegedly confessed. (File photos)

The case made headlines after Leo Del Pinto, 26, of Calgary, was shot and killed in Pai.

Uthai claimed to investigators that he had shot the Canadian in self defence. There was a strong suspicion from the beginning that he had murdered Del Pinto while the Canadian was arguing with his travel companion, Carly Reisig, of British Columbia.

Despite heavy pressure at the time, Uthai refused to confess or to help in the investigation in the case. Meanwhile, he was arrested and convicted of killing his pregnant wife.

Del Pinto's parents told Canadian media they expect to travel to Thailand to observe Uthai's trial and sentencing on Aug 20 for the murder of their son.

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