'Girlfriend killer' charged

'Girlfriend killer' charged

Police have enough evidence to charge a Bangkok man with killing his girlfriend by hitting her and stuffing her body in a large chest.

Investigators said they were charging Apichai (surname not given), also known as "Ice", with murder.

Mr Apichai was nabbed at his house in Bangkok's Phetkasem area. Police found the body of his 22-year-old girlfriend, identified only as Kik, wrapped in a plastic bag and buried in the man's property.

Police ran checks and found Mr Apichai and Kik had sought the help of Bangkok police in July last year. Mr Apichai wanted them to track down suspects who had allegedly sexually assaulted his girlfriend.

Sometime after the couple met police, Kik's family reported the woman missing. Meanwhile investigators tried in vain to contact her over the sex attack case.

According to police, Kik was in a steady relationship with Mr Apichai before she went missing.

Police said that while trying to locate Kik, they arrested a 50-year-old named only as Chalermchai who gave important clues to the woman's disappearance.

Mr Chalermchai said he and Mr Apichai had spent time in prison back in 2012. After they were released, Mr Apichai employed him as a security guard at his house. Mr Chalermchai told police Mr Apichai had a heated argument with Kik before hitting her with a stick and stuffing her inside a chest for two days until she died. Mr Chalermchai said the body was then placed in a large plastic bag and buried in the backyard.

Police said the woman's body was identified by her family who recognised a fish tattoo on her back.

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