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07 December 2011 :: 10:12:32 am 60537

Thai men extradited over Luke Mitchell’s death

The accused killers of Good Samaritan Luke Mitchell may not be forced back to Australia for another two years - despite a Thai court yesterday ordering their extradition.
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Thatiya Terdputham, 36, wept after a Bangkok Criminal Court judge ruled he and Surad Seehaverchart, 28, must return to Melbourne to face charges of murdering Mitchell in Brunswick in May 2009.

The verdict was a triumph for Victorian police who have been trying to get the pair back to Australia since the killing.

Mitchell was stabbed after coming to the aid of a stranger being bashed outside a Sydney Rd nightclub, in a crime that shocked Victoria.

A lawyer for the accused pair said they intended to appeal the ruling – and court officials said the case could drag on in Thailand for two years before they are put on a plane.

Despite the likely delay, the victim’s brother Shane said family was thrilled at the extradition ruling.

“We’re very happy at it (but) we’ll take it one step at a time. We know it’s a long process,” he said.

After the decision in Bangkok yesterday, Surad’s mother Cholika Nonnithikul claimed her son was not responsible for the killing.

“We did not think this would happen … I know my son didn’t do it (the killing),” she said.

“I have pictures of him (Sarud) with wounds on his arms he was also injured by a knife. But he just said he is not afraid, because he didn’t do it.”

Cholika insists her son was only “the driver” and was not responsible for the fatal attack.

“I say a prayer for Luke (Mitchell) every day to make merit for him,” she said, tears in her eyes.

Surad and Thatiya told previous hearings they did not kill Mitchell and should not be extradited because racism in Melbourne meant there was little prospect of a fair trial.

A third man, allegedly the son of an “influential” military official, accused of involvement in the killing is still on the run.

Report by : Herald Sun

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