Spaniard charged in murder, dismemberment of Colombian on Koh Phangan

Spaniard charged in murder, dismemberment of Colombian on Koh Phangan

Spanish chef Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, 29, was being questioned at a police station on Koh Phangan in August 2023. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)
Spanish chef Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, 29, was being questioned at a police station on Koh Phangan in August 2023. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI: Public prosecutors on Wednesday brought charges against a Spanish chef to Koh Samui Provincial Court in connection with the murder and dismemberment of a Colombian surgeon on the tourist island of Koh Phangan in August this year.

According to sources, the prosecutors informed the court that Daniel Bronchalo, 29, murdered Edwin Arteaga, 44, and subsequently dismembered the body to conceal the crime on Koh Phangan, which is renowned for full moon parties and scuba diving.

The court accepted the lawsuit and summoned the defendant for a statement hearing on Thursday.

The case came to light when the pelvis and intestines of the victim were found at a dump on Koh Phangan on Aug 3. The following day, police detained Mr Bronchalo, who later admitted to the crime.

The defendant is the son of Spanish actor Rodolfo Sancho Aguirre and actress Silvia Bronchalo. He is a well-known chef in his home country. 

The victim operated a successful plastic surgery clinic in Monteria, Colombia.

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