The three female suspects accused of killing and dismembering a Khon Kaen bar girl handed themselves over to authorities in Myanmar on Saturday night after an intense manhunt. Police have confirmed that they confessed to the gruesome crime.
The trio: Preeyanuch “Preaw” Nonwangchai, 24, Kawita “Earn” Ratchada, 25, and Apiwan “Jae” Sattayabundit, 28, were flown from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on Sunday and then to Khon Kaen where they would be further interrogated.
The three suspects were charged with cooperating in the premeditated murder of Warisara Klinjui, 22, concealing her dead body, theft, and overstaying their visas in Myanmar, Bangkok Post reported.
Warisara’s body was found dismembered into two pieces and buried in in Khao Suan Kwang district of Khon Kaen on May 25.
National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda said that Warisara’s murder was committed due to a personal conflict related to the victim sharing info with police that led to the arrest of Preeyanuch’s husband, who is now in prison on drug charges.
Preeyanuch also claimed that the victim owed her THB40,000, about $1,200, for more than a year.
Police said the victim was not involved with any drug using or dealing.
Despite a much-viewed video posted to Preeyanuch’s Facebook page, allegedly showing her pouring white powder that many assumed to have been drugs, no drug charges have yet been pressed against the trio.
Social media has been abuzz discussing the luxury lifestyle of Preeyanuch. She posted photos of herself holding and kissing stacks of money on her personal Facebook as well as photos with luxury items from Fendi, Gucci, and YSL.
According to the national police chief, Preeyanuch claimed she had no intention to kill Warisara but only wanted to “teach her a lesson.”
But as the argument escalated in the car, Preeyanuch strangled the victim out of rage, Chakthip said.
Chakthip said that the officers treated the suspects fairly, despite photos circulating online that criticized the cops for not having the women handcuffed. In response, Chakthip, said that they did not handcuff the suspects since they were not a flight risk. He also noted that it was standard and normal for cops to let arrested murder suspects to put on makeup in detention.
A Twitter picture by a Spring News journalist shows the suspects sleeping in blankets prepared for them while they were held at Chiang Rai immigration.
— Chu_SpringNews (@Chu_SpringNews) June 4, 2017
Meanwhile, another viral photo on social media shows suspect Preeyanuch smiling. She brought much attention to the case due to her expression of love for Chucky doll on Facebook, as netizens flocked to her social media account and call her names such as “psycho” and “murderer.”
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