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The key witness in the case of the murder of motorbike gang leader Wayne Schneider has disappeared prior to the court verdict.
Australian Wayne Schneider, 37, was abducted from his home at an exclusive housing estate in Pattaya last year, where the missing man worked as a security guard. Mr Schneider’s body was later found 30 kilometres away in a shallow roadside grave in Sattahip province.
Schneider’s former body guard and business associate, Australian Antonio Bagnato, 27, was later arrested in Cambodia and charged with being the leader of the abduction and killing. 21 year old Tyler Gerard, from the USA, was also arrested.
According to reports two security guards at the complex where the abduction took place told the police that even though the abductors wore scarves over their faces they believed they were foreigners. They went on to say that they were able to positively identify Bagnato, who was frequently seen at the residence. According to police three other men suspected of playing a part in the murder fled the country soon after the incident took place, two of them were Australian.
Another key witness, Melbourne biker gang member Jay Malkoun, left Thailand and heading for Dubai after being questioned by Thai police.
A cache of illegal weapons was found at two of Bagnato’s properites in Chon Buri that included guns, assault rifles, tasers, ammunition and knuckle dusters.
Police are now concerned for the missing security guard who saw the events unfold. There is no doubt the security guards testimony could have had a huge impact on the trial, the concern is that the man has either been paid off or has met with foul play.
The next hearing date in the case is set for this Thursday in the military court. It is expected that Australian police will lodge an application for Bagnato to be sent back to Australia to face drug trafficking charges.