Briton arrested after death plunge in Pattaya

Briton arrested after death plunge in Pattaya

Briton Reece Vella is taken to the Pattaya police station for interrogation after he was arrested at a bar in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri province, on Monday. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Briton Reece Vella is taken to the Pattaya police station for interrogation after he was arrested at a bar in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri province, on Monday. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

PATTAYA: A British national was arrested on Monday in connection with the death of a woman who fell from a condominium in the nude in the resort city.

Chon Buri police chief Pol Maj Gen Nanthachart Supamongkol said Reece Vella was detained at a bar in Bang Lamung district in Pattaya on three charges.

The 25-year-old man was accused of theft, overstaying and carelessness leading to the death of others.

The arrest followed the death of Wannipha Chanhuathon, 26, who fell from the fifth storey of a condominium on Saturday. She was seriously injured after the plunge and later succumbed to the wounds.

The charges were filed after authorities found on him the mobile phone of the dead beer bar worker. Immigration data also showed he overstayed in the country and the footage of CCTV at the condominium showed him with Wannipha.

Mr Vella denied all charges.

Pol Maj Gen Nanthachart claimed the Briton said he was in the same room with Wannipha but did not realise that the woman fell from the room until he came out of the bathroom.

After knowing that Wannipha had fallen, he panicked and got out of the condo with her mobile phone, the officer added.

Pol Maj Gen Nanthachart said police were collecting more evidence to substantiate the charges.


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