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22 September 2010 :: 11:09:20 am 39774

Thai Officer Accused of Canadian Murder Re-offends

The Royal Thai Police officer accused of murdering a Canadian backpacker in 2008 is now suspected of murdering his pregnant 18-year-old wife in the northern Thai province of Maehongson, according to local authorities.
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Maehongson, the 22nd of September 2010: The Royal Thai Police officer at the center of the two murder accusations is Sergeant Uthai Dechawiwat [39], both incidents happened in the picturesque village of Pai in northern Thailand’s Maehongson province.

Sgt. Dechawiwat was initially accused of the 2008 death of Canadian backpacker Leo Del Pinto [25]. Del Pinto was shot three times during an altercation with the off-duty officer on the streets of Pai district, Maehongson. At the same time Del Pinto’s companion, Carly Reisig was also shot but has since made a full recovery.

In this most recent of accusations the officer is believed to have brutally killed his 18-year-old pregnant wife before fleeing the scene. Authorities investigating the case say the woman, who was four months pregnant, was savagely clubbed to death with a stick

The couple had been heard arguing before the incident occurred, in which Dechawiwat is thought to have struck his wife over the head with a piece of wood. The officer fled the scene immediately after the incident before later admitting himself to hospital after crashing his car into a tree.

Meanwhile, the death of Mr. Del Pinto is still labouring through the Thai justice system, which gave the accused murderer bail and has yet to set an official trial date for the case.

Already tiring from the laborious nature of the Thai court system, the victim’s father, Ernie Del Pinto stated, “Now, I don’t know what’s going to happen. As soon as they let him out of jail . . . that is the first thing I said to my family. I said, ‘this man is going to kill again.’ ”

In addition to the slow proceedings and bail of the accused murderer, reports of his interference with the main witnesses in the case have been constant. Dechawiwat is thought to have told them that they were betraying Thailand by giving evidence against him.

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Reporter : John Weston   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Thailand News

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