Cops detain four in connection with Thitima case

Cops detain four in connection with Thitima case

From left: Chaiyaphon: Detained for questioning; Nathi: One of the sex wanted suspects.
From left: Chaiyaphon: Detained for questioning; Nathi: One of the sex wanted suspects.

Police have detained six suspects wanted in connection to the alleged sexual abuse of a female product presenter hired to entertain guests at the same party that presenter Thitima "Lunlabelle" Noraphanpiphat attended before she was found dead.

Five people were detained in Bangkok after warrants were issued for their arrest. They are Chaiyaphon Phanna, 29, Phikunthong Bunpha, 24, Nathi Sathiphongsathaphon, 33, Koset Ritnithiroek, 35, and Phatthanan Raksakun, 26, said Pol Maj Gen Thanyut Wutthicharatthamrong, deputy chief of Provincial Police Region 1.

Meanwhile, Kritsada Lohitdi, 27, was arrested in Udon Thani and was transported to Bangkok in police custody last night.

Police said the suspects were present at the party at the house in Nonthaburi's Bang Bua Thong district on Sept 16.

Investigators have seized evidence from the house, including the presenter's underwear, trousers and a blanket, all of which were tainted with bodily fluids, suspected to be human semen.

The other presenter whose name is being withheld by police arrived at the house after Thitima, who was eventually found dead in the early hours of Sept 17 on a sofa in the lobby of a condominium building in the Talat Phlu area of Bangkok, where Rachadech "Nam Oun" Wongthabutr lives, after the party had ended.

Mr Rachadech is now facing three charges relating to Thitima's death.

Police said yesterday the other victim was hired to entertain guests at the house after Thitima left the party, said Pol Maj Gen Thanyut. The deputy commissioner said police were investigating to see whether the suspects were linked to Thitima's death.

Thitima was seen in security camera footage being carried to a car by Mr Rachadech and another man at about 5pm on Sept 16.

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