Husband charged in nurse murder case

Husband charged in nurse murder case

Thanapon Pareesen, 43, is held at Doi Lo district police station after his arrest on Thursday night for allegedly colluding in the murder of his wife, a senior nurse found burned to death at a fruit orchard on Monday. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)
Thanapon Pareesen, 43, is held at Doi Lo district police station after his arrest on Thursday night for allegedly colluding in the murder of his wife, a senior nurse found burned to death at a fruit orchard on Monday. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)

CHIANG MAI - A 43-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly masterminding the murder of his wife, a nurse, who was strangled and then burned to death at a fruit orchard in this northern province.

Thanapon Pareesen was apprehended on Thursday night after the provincial court approved a police request to arrest him for colluding in premediated murder and concealment of a body.

Mr Thanapon, 43, was implicated by Nirandorn Kaewjaeja, who was caught on Tuesday, Dec 13  and charged with the murder of Janjira Kerdkaew. He was arrested at his  house in Doi Lo.

Janjira, 50, an advanced practice nurse at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and wife of Mr Thanapon, was found burned to death in a mango orchard in Doi Lo district on Monday after police had begun investigating a missing person report lodged by her husband the day before.

Earlier reports said the burned body was found in a longan orchard. 

Pol Col Anu Noenhad, chief of Doi Lo police station, said on Friday that Mr Thanapon denied all charges. The man said he would only give his statement in court. 

Police would today take him to court and apply to detain him for further investigation, the district police chief said. Investigators would oppose any application for bail.

Mr Thanapon allegedly began plotting to kill his wife a few months ago, earlier reports said. Before the murder, he had asked to meet her to discuss getting a divorce and repayments of debts he owed her. Mr Thanapon had asked Mr Nirandorn to come along, reports said.

During the meeting the couple had a row and Mr Thanapon allegedly strangled her until she fell unconscious.

During interrogation, Mr Nirandorn claimed Mr Thanapon told him to get rid of the body and he would give him 100,000 baht. The two men allegedly took her unconscious body to the fruit orchard and set it ablaze.

After that Mr Thanapon allegedly told the suspect to retrieve Janjira's car. Mr Nirandorn also took her iPhone, which helped the police track him down.

Mr Nirandorn claimed Mr Thanapon was upset because his wife had found out he had a young mistress.


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