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08 July 2008 :: 13:07:12 pm 11028

Dutch Man Brutally Murdered And Burnt In His Pattaya House

A Dutch man was found dead and burnt inside his house on July 7, 2008, in Pattaya, under suspicious circumstances. Police presume he had been dead for at least two days. In addition to being burnt, he was found to have been stabbed by a one metre-long knife, which had almost severed his neck. A police spokesman said it was an awful case to have happened to a foreigner.
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On July 7, at 6 pm, Police Officer Seksak Ar-torn-gijawat, Banglamung Police, was notified that a foreigner had apparently been murdered at his house in Moo Baan Bali Village, Moo 1, Nong-Pla-Lai, Banglamung. Pol.Col. Pairat Sapasawas, Deputy Commander, Pol.Col.Sarayut Sa-gnuan-bpho-kai, Banglamung Superintendent, Pol.Lt.Col.Saranpat Yosombat, Deputy Superintendent of the Investigation Department and Pol.Maj.Nit Withinanthagit, investigation officer with Sawang Boriboon Rescue accordingly went to investigate.

At the bungalow, which was securely locked, police had to cut off the padlock to enter. The state of the house showed extensive burning throughout. In the bathroom, police investigators found Mr. Martinus Johannes Grardus Antonius Jochems, (63), a Dutch citizen, dead, lying face down, wearing only blue shorts. There was a one metre-long knife stab wound starting on the left side of his neck, going all the way through to the right side. The body was burnt, and police presume he had been dead for about two days. The house had been thoroughly ransacked and almost all of the contents were burnt. Police found a matchbox on the floor and many footprints throughout the house. They also found a pointed knife which had fallen in a plant pot in front of the house, which they kept as evidence.

Mrs. Ann Cameron (58), a neighbour, told police that she had not seen Mr. Jochems for many days. Until yesterday afternoon, the dog that belonged to Mr.Jochems had persistently gone through a hole in the fence of the house and its body was covered with black carbon. She said she had subsequently washed it. She was suspicious that something untoward must have happened and consequently reported her concern to the police. She said did not know that the owner of the house had been murdered or that the house had been set on fire. Mrs. Cameron also said that a few days ago, she had seen a man and woman, both Thai, come to the house. She said she had heard a loud argument, but paid no attention as she thought that it was a private matter.

Pol.Col. Pairat Supasawas declared that, at this stage, police could not clarify if it was a case of murder or suicide. The area was cordoned off and the Chonburi Evidence Proof Department, section 13, are carrying out a thorough inspection of the incident location. A few neighbours were questioned, especially Miss Rattana Intirat (28), a staff member of a karaoke bar in Soi Nongket, who had known Mr. Jochems very well. Apparently, Mr. Jochems had recently been flirting with her colleague who works at the same bar, but the investigators did not discover anything suspicious.

Pol.Col.Pairat, further told a PDN reporter “If this case was murder, it would be a dreadful one as the death was that of a foreigner who was brutally killed by being stabbed in the neck and also burnt to cover up the evidence. Banglamung and Chonburi investigation teams are currently conducting an in-depth investigation, questioning most of the people who had known the deceased. The body of Mr. Jochems will be handed over to the forensic laboratory at the police hospital to be examined to ascertain the true cause of death.” The Dutch embassy has been informed.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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