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A high society businesswoman with interests amounting to hundreds of millions of baht has been found battered to death with a baseball bat at a top Bangkok hotel.
She is believed to have been having a secret affair with an employee who has fled in her Mercedes Benz. A warrant for the arrest of the man has been issued while he is believed to be at a casino in Cambodia.
The dead woman is a relative of a well known Thai movie star and actor.
Metropolitan police chief Pol Lt Gen Charnthep Sesawech went with Chok Chai police chiefs and forensics teams to the scene of the crime at a hotel in Soi Pradit Manutham in the Lat Prao area.
In Room 2702 on the seventh floor they found Thitima “Cherry” Tangwiboonpanich on her knees by the bed. She was dressed in a green nightdress.
She had been hit by a hard object in the right temple and had a skull fracture. Nearby was a bloodstained baseball bat.
The assailant fled in the victim’s E220 Mercedes Benz.
Cherry’s interests in real estate, transport and three gas stations amounted to hundreds of millions of baht.
She is a relative of actor “Bank” Artit Tangwiboonpanich.
Police said that she had rented the room at the hotel for a month with a man who was in charge of accounts and holdings in her companies.
The couple were carrying on an affair. When relatives received no contact with Cherry they sounded the alarm.
CCTV showed the couple enter the room at 10.41pm on Thursday night. At 1.55am on Friday morning the man believed responsible for the murder left alone.
He is 33 year old Assaya “Go” Chayapha. The Rachada court has issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of murder.
Heavily into gambling he is believed to have fled to a casino in a neighboring country to the east of Thailand, said Daily News in a clear reference to Cambodia.
Investigations continue in the high profile case.