Police enlist Interpol to track UK murder suspect
published : 1 Feb 2015 at 06:36
newspaper section: News
Police will ask Interpol for help in the hunt for a British man suspected of killing a Thai waitress, stuffing her body in a suitcase and dumping it into the Mae Klong river in Kanchanaburi.
The Kanchanaburi Provincial Court has issued an arrest warrant for Shane Kenneth Looker, 45, on charges of murdering and illegally disposing of the body of Laksami Manochat, 31.
Tha Muang district police say Mr Looker’s DNA, taken from nail clippers in the suspect’s home, matches samples collected from Laksami’s body.
Police said Mr Looker left Thailand by train on Nov 24 last year through the Padang Besar border pass in Songkhla to Malaysia.
On Nov 6, Laksami’s naked body was found inside a red suitcase along with a shirt, bra, underwear, a pair of jeans, high-heel shoes and an empty wallet. She had sustained severe bruising to her left forehead.
Police will contact Interpol and seek cooperation from the countries with which Thailand has extradition treaties, including the United Kingdom, as they seek to track down Mr Looker and have him face trial in Thailand.
Pol Lt Gen Veerapong Chuenpakdi, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 7, said Mr Looker arrived in Thailand on Oct 31 and had stayed at a hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 5.
CCTV footage from Nov 1 showed Laksami walking out of a restaurant with a Western male, believed to be Mr Looker. The man appeared to be bald and heavy-set, and was wearing a T-shirt and shorts.
A hotel van driver told police that on Nov 2, Mr Looker paid him 1,800 baht to take him to Prachuap Khiri Khan province. However, the suspect then got out at a department store in Phetchaburi and paid the driver 1,500 baht instead.
The driver said Mr Looker got out of the van carrying a red suitcase similar to the one found in the river.
On Dec 13, police searched Mr Looker’s residence in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district, where they found a T-shirt and shorts similar to those seen in the CCTV footage.