Israeli held over murder of compatriot in Nonthaburi
Our video this morning shows the arrest of an Israeli man who later admitted to the killing of a compatriot on Wednesday.
Simon Nittan, 50 was handcuffed after being dragged out of his house in Bang Bua Thng, Nonthaburi, yesterday.
Inside the house cops found the cut up, cement covered body of a man.
Police believe it is 63 year old Heliyahu Cohen, a former Israeli policeman who had been missing from a Charoen Sanitwong condo since Wednesday.
Relatives of the deceased had filed a missing person’s report after his mysterious disappearance midweek.
After a grilling from a team of top investigators the suspect admitted to the killing but has yet to give a motive for the execution style murder.
His 17 year old son is now helping police with their enquiries to see if he was involved or not.
Police found the victim’s Yaris car abandoned on the Bang Kruay – Sai Noi Road also in Bang Bua Thong, that is north west of Bangkok.
The suspect’s Honda CBR was found parked at a PTT gas station six kilometers from the house where the body was found.
The suspect said the knife used in the killing was thrown in the trash but this has yet to be recovered by police.
The Israeli Embassy said that the suspect had murdered an Israeli national in Thailand 22 years ago.
It was not reported whether he had been arrested for that or done time.
Police understand that the suspect and the victim met originally in Khao Sarn Road. On Wednesday it is understood that they met at the PTT gas station then drove to the house in the Yaris.
The former cop was then murdered and cut up.
The suspect would not confirm or deny that the murder was because of a dispute over money as Thai police believe.
Investigations continue with the focus also on the 17 year old son who was not named.