A Spanish national has been arrested for the murder of a Chilean nation on the southern island of Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province.
Local police were alerted to an incident at a house in tambon Ban Tai at around 1 am on Saturday morning and upon arrival discovered a Chilean man, aged 41, with a knife still stuck in his chest near the heart.
Upon further examination of the body, police found multiple stab wounds along the victim’s torso. There were also signs of a struggle in the house.
Police interviewed the deceased’s girlfriend, a Chinese national aged 31, who informed them that they had been sleeping when the accused Spanish man knocked on the door of the house.
Her boyfriend went to open the door and was immediately attacked by the accused who stabbed him multiple times with a knife. The struggle entered the kitchen of the house where eventually the victim collapsed to the ground and died.
After that, the victim’s girlfriend said that the Spanish man fled the scene on a motorcycle that was parked in front of the house. She said that she was unaware of any violent history between the two men.
Police apprehended the suspect after his motorcycle fell into a ditch during a pursuit. They discovered that the Spanish man had previous police records for stealing at least three motorcycles.
Upon questioning, the Spanish suspect provided confusing and rambling statements about someone trying to kill him.
Police are charging the man with premeditated murder, concealment, and carrying of lethal weapons, and stealing.