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Arrested suspect confesses to murdering Japanese businessman

Ang Thong provincial police last night seized a Thai neighbour in Saraburi province after he was suspected to kill the aged Japanese businessman in his house in Ang Thong province on Tuesday.

The man was identified as Samphand Jaemjang, 46, a neighbour of the Japanese victim Kazuo Yoshioka.

murder in ThailandAng Thong police said Samphand is an elder brother of Ms Poranee Napadol, the wife of Mr Yoshioka.

Samphand left his home in Ang Thong suspiciously after the murder was revealed. He left his motorcycle 500 metres from home.

Samphand was questioned at a safe house after his arrest at a petrol station in Saraburi and he was reported to have confessed to killing the Japanese man who was his brother-in-law.

But he said he was hired to kill the Japanese Businessman by his Thai wife who is also his sister.

The police were escorting him back to Vises Chaicharn district in Ang Thong province for further questioning.

They also will summon Ms Poranee for questioning after her brother confessed that she paid him to kill her Japanese husband.

The 83-year-old Japanese was found dead Tuesday morning at a rented two-storey home in Vises Chaicharn district of Ang Thong province.

His throat was slashed and he was found dead inside his bedroom.

According to his Thai wife, Ms Poranee Napadol, she was not at home but went to visit her mother who was suffering from kidney sickness.

When she returned home, she found that her house was ransacked and her husband was found lying dead in pool of blood inside the ransacked bedroom.

Duty police officer Pol Lt Ratakit Khaokaen and a team of investigators inspected the house located in a large area found blood traces in front of her neighbour house and a blood stained scissor inside the dust bin in front of the house.

A neighbour Mrs Sompong Napadol told police that her husband, Samphand, has disappeared from home since last night leaving only his motorcycle 500 metres from home.

Thai PBS

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