Death of young 'pretty' perplexes police

Death of young 'pretty' perplexes police

Rachadech Wongtabutr, or Nam Oun, is being questioned about the death of a product promotion girl (inset) whose body was found on a sofa at his condominium building early on Tuesday. (Photo taken from FM91bkk.com)
Rachadech Wongtabutr, or Nam Oun, is being questioned about the death of a product promotion girl (inset) whose body was found on a sofa at his condominium building early on Tuesday. (Photo taken from FM91bkk.com)

Police are questioning a "person of interest" as they investigate the mysterious death of a young "pretty" found lying on a sofa in the lobby of a condominium building in Bangkok's Thon Buri area early on Tuesday.

Thitima Noraphanphiphat, 25, alias Nong Lunlabelle, was found dead on a sofa in the lobby by a security guard at a condominium building on Ratchada-Ratchaphruek road, in Dao Khanong area.

There were no signs of violence on her body, and police say there was no evidence of drug use.

Her boyfriend, Natthanai Homthianthong, 31, told police Thitima was hired for 3,500 baht to serve beverages at a party in Nonthaburi on Monday. She was due to finish work at 5pm.

He had learned of his girlfriend’s death on Tuesday.

Recordings from the condominium security cameras showed a young man carrying an apparently unconscious Thitima into the building around 6pm on Monday, and then taking her to a room on the sixth floor. 

The same man was later seen carrying her down from the room to the lobby sofa around 2am on Tuesday.

A condominium employee discovered her there, realised she was dead and called Bukkhalo police station.  A doctor's preliminary examination found she died of heart failure. A full post-mortem was planned. 

Pol Lt Col Piyoros Kanhasiri, deputy investigation chief at Bukkhalo, said investigators on Tuesday went to the room on the sixth floor to ask the young man there what happened to the woman. The man refused to open the door, so police forced it open and detained him for questioning.

The man also worked in product promotion, as a “pretty boy’’.  After questioning, he was allowed to leave. 

Pol Maj Gen Samrit Tongtao, chief of Metropolitan Police Division 8, said police had so far questioned 15 people in relation to the young woman's death. They would call the man seen carrying her to the lobby sofa back for more questioning. He identified the man as "Nam Oun".

Investigators wonder why Nam Oun did not take the woman to a hospital after her condition did not improve, Pol Maj Gen Samrit said.

All attendees at the function in Nonthaburi had given full cooperation, he said. They agreed to urine tests for illicit drugs and none tested positive. 

Pol Maj Gen Samrit said Thitima’s death was unnatural. Police found no trace of drugs or any other   foreign substance on the woman’s body. Nor was there any evidence of sexual abuse. A search of Nam Oun’s room found nothing illegal, and no used condoms. They had, however, taken a DNA sample from him.

Thai media identified Nam Oun as Rachadech Wongtabutr. 

Reports said Mr Rachadech had posted photos of the unconcious woman on his Facebook page, with a message that she was his wife No. 100.  The post drew a barrage of criticism and he later deleted it. (continues below)

Rachadech Wongtabutr, or Nam Oun, is detained after police forced open his room at a condominium in Bangkok's Thon Buri district early Tuesday. (Photo taken from FM91bkk.com)

Phakphum Sirirojwong, chairman of the condominium’s juristic committee, said the condominium had installed many CCTVs, and they captured the incident. The male tenant had taken the woman into the condominium at 6.02pm on Monday.

The woman looked unconscious, and she did not appear to be drunk as the man claimed, said Mr Phakphum.  The man was seen carrying the woman into the lobby at 1.37am. He put her on the sofa as if she was sleeping and then returned to his room. A security guard found her body around 2-3am, he said.

The security guard, Mr Wut, said he saw 4-5 people knocking on the entrance door of the condominium around 2-3am on Tuesday. They asked him to open the door as the woman on the sofa was their relative.

On seeing her they burst into tears, said Mr Wut.  He insisted he did not see the male tenant take the woman to the lobby, but he saw him enter the lift before her relatives arrived.

Mr Rachadech told police on Wednesday that he and some friends, including Thitima, were drinking  at a house in Bang Bua Thong area of Nonthaburi before her death, according to media reports.

During the party, he and the woman "fell in love" and she agreed to go his condominium room. 

He insisted he did not drug  her. She had several glasses of alcoholic drinks, and became intoxicated and then unconscious.  He took her to his car and drove to his condominium.

Mr Rachadech said he carried her to his room. As he was about the enter a lift, the woman urinated, and later urinated again on his bed. He changed her clothes for her and  they slept without having sex as they were both drunk. He woke up around midnight when a friend phoned him to say her boyfriend and some relatives were on their way to get her, the reports said.   

He carried the young woman down to the lobby sofa and then hurriedly returned to his room as he feared of being assaulted.

The man said he was not aware that the woman had died. He did not take her to a hospital as he thought it was normal for a drunk person to vomit or sleep deeply.

Chaiyaphon Panna, owner of the house in Bang Bua Thong district where the party was held, confirmed to police he hired Ms Thitima to entertain guests and mix drinks.

She was paid 3,000 baht to work from 1pm to 5pm on Monday.

There were no drugs at the party. Mr Rachadech, or Nam Oun, was also there, Mr Chaiyaphon said.

He noticed Rachadech and Thitima were close at the party. He said he had a lot to drink and fell asleep.  When he awoke about 8pm the pair were not there. He learned the next day the woman had died, media  reports said.

Thitima Noraphanphiphat, 25, alias Nong Lunlabelle, was found dead on la obby sofa of a condominium ibuilding n Bangkok. (Photo taken from her Facebook page)


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