Pattaya Daily News

03 April 2008 :: 18:04:41 pm 11624

The Final Revelation In The Killing Of The One-Legged Finn In Pattaya

The final disclosure in the murder case of Erikki Aal Tonen revealed today, April 3, 2008, that the killing was a pre-meditated, orchestrated plot by the two suspects to asset-strip the victim. While Ms Ann distracted him with sex, the entrance door was left open to allow her accomplice access to the premises, where they jointly collaborated in the assault and grievous wounding of Mr Erikki, who subsequently died from his wounds.
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In the previous account of the unfolding saga of Mr. Aal Tonen’s death, PDN reported how Pattaya Police took Ms. Nipaporn (Ann) Pootoh, the 6-month-pregnant woman who was arrested in connection with the March 25 murder of the one-legged Finn in Jomtien Grand Condotel, for a reconstruction of the attempted murder.

To recap: Pattaya Police commanded her to explain the circumstances and show them exactly what had happened on the night of March 25. The reconstruction took a total of 30 minutes, during which Ms. Ann explained more clearly that she had been seeing Erikki Aal Tonen for the last year on a regular basis, whenever his wife was not at home.

On the night the attempted murder had occurred, she maintained that Mr. Tonen had phoned and asked her to visit him. She told police that she had asked her new boyfriend to drive her to her assignation with Mr. Tonen. In the interim, she maintained, the boyfriend had waited for her outside the room.

Ms. Ann maintained that while she was in the bathroom, after having sex with the victim, she heard a commotion coming from the room outside and opened the bathroom door, only to see Mr. Pakpoom repeatedly hitting the victim and demanding that Mr. Tonen open the safe, but he refused. Ms. Ann further maintained that she had tried to stop her boyfriend, but Mr. Pakpoom wouldn’t listen and continued stabbing the victim until he was almost dead, finally dragged her out of the apartment. Mr. Tonen, subsequently died from his wounds in Pattaya Memorial Hospita.

Today, April 3, at 11.00 am, Police Major General Bundit Koonajak, commander of the joint police teams from Chonburi and Pattaya, announced to the media that they have arrested Mr. Pakpoom Poh-iam,(26) the killer of Mr. Erikki Aal Tonen (65) , who also stole his Nokia mobile phone, two watches and Bt3000 cash, escaping with his accomplice, Ms. Ann, by motorbike.

The confession of Poh-iam to the police was somewhat different to the account given by his female accomplice, Ms Ann. Poh-iam revealed that they had jointly conceived of a carefully orchestrated plan to rob Mr. Erikki. Firstly, Ms Ann was to phone the victim and arrange a sexual encounter. Before she had sex, however, Ms Ann was to ensure the front door was left unlocked and she was to switch on the hall light as a signal for him to gain access to the room. Poh-iam said he then sneaked in the room, with a bomb attached to his waist. While he was searching the room for assets, Mr. Erikki heard him making a noise and emerged from the bedroom to investigate. On seeing the intruder, Mr. Erikki grabbed two conveniently placed knives and moved to confront Poh-iam, who then assaulted the victim with a chair in an effort to force him to drop the knives.

While they were struggling, however, Ms. Ann came to Poh-iam’ s aid and held the victim’s arms to enable Poh-iam to stab him repeatedly, until he eventually dropped in a pool of his own blood.

The incapacitation of the victim being accomplished, the pair than ransacked the room, stealing the assets, mentioned previously and escaped by motorbike; later going their separate ways.

Poh-iam then recounted how he had gone home to see his wife, Mrs. Paveena Pattanasri; subsequently going to stay with a friend in Pantong, Chonburi, for two days. During the time he was away, he left the watches, mobile phone, simcard and the victim’s long-sleeved shirt, which was covered in blood, at a hut . He then travelled to Srahboat, Lopburi, where his mother lives, stayed with her for a day, then asked for her money and left for Koh Samui, staying there three more days.

Finally, he went into hiding in Choomtabong, Nakornsawan, his wife’s relative’s place, where he was ultimately discovered and arrested by police.

Police Major General Bundit said the case was excessively brutal and revealed that the killer has a long criminal record history with many serious cases, involving drugs and robbery, which had occurred in his hometown of Lopburi.

The three police forces from Pattaya Chonburi and Lopburi will collaborate to bring Poh-iam and his female accomplice to justice.

As the reconstruction demonstrated today, a crowd of interested onlookers, both Thai and foreigners, had assembled at the incident location, eager to view the proceedings in this high profile case.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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