Pattaya Daily News

07 August 2010 :: 16:08:33 pm 34645

Two Brits Arrested on Murder & Paedophilia Charges

Thai Immigration Police have arrested two fugitive British nationals in Bangkok on Friday. Both men, arrested in separate investigations, are wanted in regards to serious criminal matters including murder and child sex offences in the United Kingdom and Cambodia respectively.
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Bangkok, the 6th of August 2010: Following a request made by the British Embassy, Thai Immigration Police arrested Mr. Stuart Scott Crawford [44] in Pattaya on Friday. Mr. Crawford is wanted for the 2008 murder of Mr. Michael Ryan in the United Kingdom.

The pair were had been close friends after meeting in Pattaya on holiday in early 2008. Upon their return to the UK Mr. Crawford moved into Mr. Ryan’s house in Surry, murdering him after an unknown domestic dispute. Before fleeing the UK for Pattaya, Mr. Crawford reportedly transferred an amount of Bt325,000 in cash from Mr. Ryan’s bank account.

Having remained a fugitive in the nation for the past two years, using his Thai wife to rent houses and cars, the Immigration police subsequently arrested him after tracing emails he had sent to his relatives in the United Kingdom to an apartment in Pattaya.

In other related news, Thai Immigration Police have arrested the wanted British paedophile Mr. David John Fletcher [66] in Bangkok on Friday. Mr. Fletcher allegedly founded a fraudulent charity organization in order to fund his residence in Cambodia, were he is thought to have sexually interfered with several minors. Mr. Fletcher previously served 18-months in prison in the UK for the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

At present, Mr. Fletcher is accused of taking advantage of a girl under the age of 16, whose mother he had allegedly paid approximately Bt10,000 for an arranged marriage. The young girl and her family live at Cambodia’s notorious Stung Meancheay rubbish dump community, where his charity “Rubbish Dump Project” was supposedly aiding the underprivileged children and families.

Thai Immigration Officers were tipped-off of Mr. Fletcher’s whereabouts after he had allegedly fled Cambodia over the increased attention on his devious dealings prompted official investigations. He was arrested at a guesthouse in Soi 22, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok.

Both men have been remanded in police custody pending further investigations and judicial proceedings. Extradition orders will be sought once Thai authorities complete their inquiries.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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