Indian man arrested over fatal hotel stabbing

The Indian suspect is seen leaving the hotel where the murder occurred, on Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot)
The Indian suspect is seen leaving the hotel where the murder occurred, on Tuesday afternoon. (Screenshot)

An Indian man has been arrested in Kanchanaburi province for allegedly stabbing a Thai woman 31 times, killing her, at a hotel in Bangkok on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old man and the 51-year-old Thai woman had been staying at a hotel on Soi Wutthakat 14 Road in Thon Buri district since April 7,  according to media reports. The woman usually stayed there during the day and left at night. She had a 20-year-old son.

On Tuesday a hotel employee reported hearing loud arguing in their room about noon. The employee called the room phone twice. Each time it was answered and immediately hung up. Shortly after 1pm the Indian man had walked calmly out of the hotel and drove off on a motorcycle.

Police were then called to the room. They found the Thai woman, Sukanya Disayabut, dead with 31 stab wounds. A blood-stained knife was also found in the room.

Police arrested Rajman Yabav in Kanchanaburi on Tuesday night. He was at Makarak Hospital for treatment for a large knife wound to his right arm.

Mr Yabav reportedly confessed to the murder and told police he acted out of anger.

Police were waiting for an interpreter, so they could question him more thoroughly.

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  • 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
  • calmly: in a relaxed way without anxiety - อย่างใจเย็น, อย่างไม่ตื่นเต้น, อย่างสงบ
  • confessed (verb): admitted to having committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • hang up (verb): to end a telephone conversation by putting the telephone receiver down or switching the telephone off - วางหูโทรศัพท์ลง
  • interpreter: someone who changes what someone else is saying into another language - ล่าม
  • stab: to kill or hurt someone by pushing a knife or other sharp object into their body - แทงด้วยอาวุธ
  • stained (adj): covered with coloured marks from something like blood or paint - เป็นคราบ, เปรอะเปื้อน
  • thoroughly (adv): very much; completely - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างที่สุด
  • treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา
  • wound: an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged - บาดแผล
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