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09 July 2008 :: 15:07:18 pm 11020

Pattaya Police Declare Dutchman‘S Death Was Definitely Murder

In the ongoing investigation of the mysterious death of Dutch man, Martinus Johannes Grardus Antonius Jochems, who was found with a severe, knife-inflicted neck wound in his burnt house on July 7, 2008, Pattaya Police spokesman, Pol.Col.Ithiporn Bua-thong, announced today, July 8, that it was most definitely a case of murder rather than suicide.
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The murdered man had been found lying dead, face down, in the toilet of his resident in Moo Baan Bali Village, Moo 1, Nong-Pla-Lai, Banglamung. Both his body and his house had been burnt and extensive damage caused to the contents of his house. According to the investigators, a man and a woman had previously come to the house and had a serious dispute with Mr. Jochems. Police are currently searching for this mystery Thai couple to question them.

At 11am, on July 8, an investigative team jointly led by Pol.Col. Annob Tapanon, Superintendent of Inspection Department #3, Chonburi, Pol.Col. Naradet Glom-tuksing, Crime suppression Superintendent, Pol.Col.Ithiporn Bua-thong, Investigation Superintendent Section 2, and Superintendent Pol.Col.Sarayut Sa-gnuen-bpo-kai, Banglamung, conducted a thorough re-examination of the incident scene. Police found that the desk had been completely ransacked. There was carbon stain which smelled like benzene and footprints on the floor. Police recorded the evidence, including a matchbox, a pointed knife, a knife case, CD, a notebook and documents of the deceased and also collected fingerprints. The process took around one hour.

Earlier, police had questioned Miss Ratana Ithirat aka “C” or “Pepsi”, (30), a staff member of a karaoke bar, who had known Mr. Jochems very well and used to introduce some of her friends to sleep with Mr. Jochems. However, the investigation did not discover anything suspicious in her testimony.

Mrs. Piyaporn Wave (42), a neighbour who lives 3 houses away from the deceased, told police that Mr.Jochems had another house, No. 98/4, next door to the house of the incident. In front of the house, there was an unlicensed, bronze Toyota Soluna parked. Apparently, Mr.Jochems had had regular visits at the house from a variety of women. A few days ago, Miss Ratana had driven a white pickup truck to pick up her friend, nicknamed Miss Jan from Mr. Jochems’s house.

Apparently, Mr. Jochems had been reluctant to let Miss Jan to go and a serious argument had ensued, but nobody paid any attention. In addition, it is known that Mr.Jochems used to be in the military and had a mental problem, then he resigned to come and live in Thailand, where he had been living for more than 3 years. Apparently, Mr. Jochems had a tendency to cry out, groaning, from his house for no obvious reason and no one dared to investigate. At around 2 am, on July 6th, many neighbours detected the smell of burning coming from the Mr. Jochems’s house, but nobody went over to have a look at the time. He was later found on July 7th, 2008. The investigation continues.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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