Cops catch wife-hurler at hotel

Cops catch wife-hurler at hotel

Immigration police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang
Immigration police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang

A British tourist who allegedly threw his Thai wife off a balcony in Rayong last month and then fled during the police investigation has been apprehended, said the Immigration Bureau chief.

Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang told a press briefing on Wednesday the suspect had been identified as David John Marshall, aged 47.

Mr Marshall was arrested on May 16 after a hotel operator in Soi Lat Phrao 130 in Lat Phrao district, Bangkok informed police that the suspect had checked into his hotel.

Pol Lt Gen Sompong said the suspect used a biometric passport to check in, which alerted the hotel operator to his fugitive status. He said prior to the arrest, the suspect had hidden at several locations in the Ratchadaphisek, Pratunam, Victory Monument and Ramkhamhaeng areas.

On April 28, Mr Marshall was arrested after allegedly hurling his Thai wife, identified as Sukanda, from the eighth floor of an apartment block after becoming aggravated due to the coronavirus lockdown.

On that day paramedics arrived and treated the injured and still-conscious woman at the scene before taking her to hospital. She told police that her English husband had thrown her off the balcony while they were arguing.

Police said Mr Marshall escaped from police custody two days later. He was charged with attempted murder and unlawful detention.

Ms Sukanda only fell between one and two floors, as she landed on a protruding roof from an adjacent building, which saved her life. Police said Ms Sukanda suffered a fractured hip and a dislocated arm in the fall.

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