Teen boyfriend held over woman's murder

Police and rescue workers with the trash-covered body of a young woman dumped beneath the Udon Ratthaya expressway in Pathum Thani on Wednesday morning. (Photo supplied/ Wassayos Ngamkham)
Police and rescue workers with the trash-covered body of a young woman dumped beneath the Udon Ratthaya expressway in Pathum Thani on Wednesday morning. (Photo supplied/ Wassayos Ngamkham)

A teenage male was in police custody on Wednesday, after allegedly trying to kill himself, as police released more details of the murder of a young woman about to enter university.

Police detained the suspect, 18, only hours after the woman's bound, bagged and handless body was found among rubbish beneath the Udon Ratthaya expressway in Pathum Thani on Wednesday morning.

A motorcyclist had been seen dumping something there about 5am by a car garage owner. When questioned, the motorcyclist had replied it was a "thing he loved".

A source said the suspect was apprehended at a housing estate in Pathum Thani and had tried to take pills to end his own life. Police took him to a hospital.

Police named the suspect only as Thanakorn, 18, of Bangkok, and the victim as Waranya, also aged 18, of Uttaradit.  Both were about to enter university.

A police source said the suspect's elder brother, who lives in the same house, told police he heard his brother arguing with his girlfriend inside their room during the night. He shouted out at them to stop and they fell silent.

The elder brother said when he and his girlfriend left for work about 6am on Wednesday he noticed his younger brother’s motorcycle had some fresh red stains on it. He did not know if it was blood or not.

About noon, he received a call from his mother, asking him to return to the house and check on his brother. When he arrived, the door to Thanakorn’s bedroom was locked. He broke in through the door and saw his young brother lying naked and having convulsions. He believed his brother tried to commit suicide.

The suspect was unable to give police his side of the story. He was still in a hospital in Pathum Thani, according to the police source.

The suspect's father told police his son had a mental problem.

The suspect and the victim had lived together for three years.

The suspect allegedly left the house to dump the body around 5am following an argument with his girlfriend.

There were blood stains in the bathroom in the victim’s bedroom. Police had also found a blood-stained machete.

The woman's body was found wrapped in a bedsheet and bound with three black belts worn by university students tied around her knees, waist and neck. From the waist down, her legs were fastened with coat hangers.

She had slash wounds to her neck and both her hands had been cut off. Her hands were missing.

The owner of a car garage beneath the expressway said he saw a man riding a motorcycle dump something beneath the expressway about 5am.

The motorcyclist first attempted to cover the object with grass and then picked up bags of garbage lying nearby and emptied them over the spot before riding his bike away.

About 8am, the garage owner's wife saw the garbage scattered over the area, went to look closer and saw what appeared to be a human foot. She immediately called police.

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  • apprehended (verb): caught; arrested; caught by the police - ถูกจับ, โดนจับกุม
  • argue: to speak angrily to somebody because you disagree with them; to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right - โต้เถียง, โต้แย้ง, เถียง, อ้างเหตุผล
  • argument: a conversation or discussion in which two or more people disagree, often angrily - การโต้แย้ง, การแย้ง, การโต้เถียง
  • bound: tied - ผูก มัดไว้
  • convulsion: when the body shakes violently with big movements, because of sickness or medical condition - การสั่นอย่างรุนแรง
  • dump (verb): to get rid of something unwanted - ทิ้ง
  • garbage: waste food, paper, etc. that you throw away - ขยะ
  • machete: a large knife with a long wide blade, used as a weapon or tool - มีดดาบ
  • mental: connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking - เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ
  • object: a thing that can be seen or touched, but is not alive - วัตถุ, สิ่งของ
  • slash: to cut someone or something in a violent way - ฟัน
  • source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
  • stain (noun): an ugly mark left accidentally on clothes or the surface of something; blot, mark, spot - คราบ, รอยเปื้อน, รอยเลอะ
  • suicide: the action of deliberately killing yourself - การฆ่าตัวตาย
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • wound: an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged - บาดแผล

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