Pattaya Daily News

11 July 2008 :: 13:07:14 pm 10970

Both Women Accused Of Dutch Man‘S Murder Apprehended

In the case of the Dutch man that was brutally murdered by being stabbed through the neck and then burnt along with his house, to hide the evidence, Pattaya police announced yesterday afternoon, July 11, 2008, that they have finally arrested the two women who jointly committed the crime.
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As far as the police are concerned, the Dutch man’s murder case has now been satisfactorily closed. One of the two women, Miss Janjira, who had run away, surrendered to the police but refused to accept responsibility for knifing the victim, as her friend had previously told police. After a face-to-face interrogation, her friend, Miss Rattana, finally confessed that she was the one who had killed the victim because he had she beaten her up. A re-enactment of the murder was held later.

At a press briefing on July 10, at 2pm, Pol.Lt.Gen. Theerayut Kittiwat, and Pol.Maj.Gen. Phong-garn Panjaphan, Commander in Chief, and Deputy Commander, respectively, section 2, Pol.Col. Jamnong Ratanakul, Chonburi Deputy Superintendent, Pol.Col.Sarayut Sa-gnuen-bpo-kai, Banglamung Superintendent, Chonburi and Pol.Lt.Col.Saranpat Yosombat, Investigation Deputy Superintendent, jointly announced that the pair, Miss Rattana Inthirat aka C, (29), from Ubonrachathani province and Miss Janjira Korbkaew aka Jan, (23), from Chantaburi province, had been the joint perpetrators of the murder of Dutch citizen, Mr.Martinus Johannes Gragdus Antonius Jochems, (63), at his house , 68/5 Moo Baan Bali Village, Moo 1, Nong-pla-lai, Banglamung, Chonburi, which had been subsequently set on fire. The victim’s body was found on the evening of July.

Pol.Lt.Gen. Theerayut Kittiwat, declared that, earlier, police had thoroughly questioned Miss Rattana, and she had confessed to jointly killing Mr. Jochems with Miss Janjira because Mr.Jochems had kept Miss Janjira’s mobile phone and Miss Rattana’s motorbike’s key to prevent them going home. At the first stage of the investigation, Miss Rattana testified that Miss Janjira was the one who had actually stabbed the victim in the neck, but that she was the one who had doused the house and body with petrol and set them on fire to hide the evidence. Afterwards, the police had issued an arrest warrant for Miss Janjira who had run away. Miss Janjira later surrendered herself to police on the morning of July 10.

Once the police had investigated both women face-to-face, Miss Rattana finally confessed to using the knife to stab Mr.Jochems in the neck, thus killing him. Miss Janjira, who was the playmate of the deceased, had also helped to attack the victim because Mr.Jochems had kept the mobile phone and the motorbike’s key belonging to Miss Rattana, not Miss Jajira, as Miss Rattana had previously told police. Mr.Jochems had then beaten Miss Rattana up, causing her to grab an iron bar to hit Mr.Jochems repeatedly, while he was washing his face in the bathroom. Miss Rattaya then took a long knife, which was hanging in the house, to stab the victim in the neck.

Moreover, she confessed she had also taken the gold, Ebel wrist watch, worth Bt2 million and a gold ring with diamond inset, to share with Miss Janjira. After that, Miss Rattana had gone to work as normal, but had later returned to the house at around 2am, on the night of July 7, with some petrol to pour on the deceased’s body and around the house and had then started the fire to cover up the evidence. Miss Janjira, on the other hand, had fled to stay with her friend at Gang-hang-maew sub-district, Chantaburi province. However, with the pressure of the police manhunt and the media that had sensationally published the news, Miss Janjira decided to surrender to the police.

Police detained both women and with the help of Thai and foreign neighbours made a detailed report and re-enactment of the crime, lasting about one hour, at the location of the incident. Both of the accused, were noticeably afraid at this stage, and had apologized to the deceased before entering the house. Both of the accused were charged with intentional killing, setting fire to property and burning the body to cover up the death, or the cause of death.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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