Cambodia handing over suspect in Pattaya murder

Cambodia handing over suspect in Pattaya murder

A Khlong Luek police pickup truck, one of three official vehicles sent to pick up a Pattaya murder suspect, passes into Koh Kong province in Cambodia through the checkpoint at Ban Haad Lek in Khlong Yai district, Trat, on Thursday morning. (Photo by Jakkrit Waewkraihong)
A Khlong Luek police pickup truck, one of three official vehicles sent to pick up a Pattaya murder suspect, passes into Koh Kong province in Cambodia through the checkpoint at Ban Haad Lek in Khlong Yai district, Trat, on Thursday morning. (Photo by Jakkrit Waewkraihong)

TRAT - Cambodian authorities were expected hand over the suspected mastermind in the murder of Briton Tony Kenway in Pattaya last month to Thai authorities at the border near Khlong Yai district on Thursday, a senior police officer said.

Police, marine and immigration officiers were seen in three vehicles passing through the Ban Haad Lek checkpoint into the Cambodian province of Koh Kong around 10am.

Pol Col Damrong Iempirote, the Khlong Yai police chief, said marines based in Trat had been contacted by Cambodian authorities, who said they would hand over a person involved in the murder to Thai police at the border.

The suspect was to then be immediately transferred by helicopter to Nong Prue police station, he said.

Capt Samoraphum Chanto, commander of the marine unit in Trat, said the person to be sent is believed to have ordered the murder. He would be delivered at the border, he confirmed. 

Kenway was  slain with a single shot to the head by a gunman in  broad daylight while sitting in his Porsche Cayenne at a car park in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri on Jan 24. 

Police have identified the gunman as Abel Cadeira Bonito, a South African. Briton Miles Dicken Turner was the alleged driver of the motorcyle that took him from the scene.

The two had entered Thailand from Cambodia at the border in Khlong Yai district and fled to Cambodia through the same crossing on the day of the murder. They remain at large.


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