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26 April 2008 :: 15:04:18 pm 11681

Pattaya Dragnet Closes In On Brutal Murderers Of One-Legged Finn

The dragnet is now homing in rapidly on the killers of Mr. Tonen, the one-legged Finnish victim, brutally murdered yesterday, 25 March. Mr. Tonen was stabbed 50 times in a frenzied knife attack by a Pattaya bar girl in Jomtien Grand Condotel, the upmarket condominium, near Jomtien Beach, Pattaya.
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After two hours of following up crucial evidence, including CCTV footage, fingerprinting and further investigation of the condo room, the scene of the murder, Pattaya police are now very near to making an arrest, today, March 26. The CCTV footage revealed pictures of the young female suspect and a previously unreported motorcycle accomplice, who police suspect of working in tandem. The police, however, are working in camera and refuse to name the bar girl, nor were reporters allowed to take any photos at the scene.

Pol.Maj.Gen. Niwat Ratanathamawat, Deputy Commissioner, and Pol.Col.Napadol Wongnom, Pattaya Superintendent are reported as being highly confident that the culprits will be brought to book and, to this end, an arrest warrant will be issued later today


The victim

The suspect?

Mrs. Yaowadee Aal Tonen (48), wife of the deceased, told police that she had been living with Mr. Erikki Aal Tonen for 20 years, as his wife. Mr. Tonen was a manager of a law firm in Finland and Mrs. Yaowadee’s profession is a lawyer. She runs the Aal Tonen Law and Business Company from the office in her Grand Condotel residence. On the afternoon of March 23, she had to go to Bangkok to work on a client’s lawsuit and left her husband home alone. However, she rushed back to Pattaya as soon as she received news of her husband’s murder, but she had no clear idea as to the motive. She only knew Mr. Erikki had had a Thai mia noi (second wife) for over a year. The young woman would, apparently, come to see her husband clandestinely when Mrs. Yaowadee was away. About three months ago, Mr. Tonen had reported his mia noi to the police, accusing her of theft, but later withdrew the charge.


2 suspects

entering the Condo at about 10.00 pm 
 

Pol.Maj.Gen. Niwat revealed that the information given by Mrs. Yaowadee was very beneficial to the case. In addition, police acknowledged that the Condo CCTV had shown photos of a Thai motorcyclist, carrying the female suspect on the rear seat, entering the Condo at about 10.00 pm on 24th March. The Thai man then left the Condotel after dropping off the female at the Tonen’s condo, but had returned to collect her at 01.30 am, after which the pair had rapidly ridden off through the front gate, in a highly suspicious manner. Although the police know the woman’s identity, they do not want to alert her by revealing it.

The motive of the killing was presumed to be robbery because a money case usually worn round Mr. Tonen’s neck was missing. However, that sexual relations had taken place was evident from the discarded bra and underwear left in the room and semen stains on the deceased. It is assumed that the female suspect had asked for money after the sex session, but Mr. Tonen refused, provoking a fight. At this juncture, the Thai man, who had originally taken the woman to the condo, returned to pick up her up. It is presumed that both of the suspects collaborated in the frenzied knife attack and also used a wooden chair to attempt to beat him to death.

Police investigators hope to arrest the murderers as soon as possible.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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