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Murder for 50,000 baht: Thai wife’s elder brother wanted British expat’s money

A court in Phrae was told that a Thai brother paid a man 50,000 baht to help him arrange the murder of his own sister and a wealthy Scottish businessman last year. 

It was reported last year that Warut Ratanasajjakit, 63, wanted to get his hands on the money and estate of his sister Nott Suddaen, 61, and her husband Alan Hogg also in his sixties and originally from Scotland. 

Warut approached neighbor Sima Utphamoon, 60, with 100,000 baht to commit murder. But he wouldn’t do it himself because Warut wanted his own sister murdered, reported Thai language media in Friday’s judgment in the high profile case.

But Sima took 50,000 baht (and 2,000 baht travel expenses) to introduce him to two accomplices called Pia Khamsai or Seuathong, 63, and Kittipong Khamwan or “Ai Yai” 24. 

The court heart that Pia shot Mr Hogg with a shotgun. 

While Kittipong held his wife Nott,  her own brother smashed her over the head with a monkey wrench in a garage.

All three then helped conceal the corpses by a duck pond using a back hoe. 

The couple lived on a spacious and sprawling ranch style property in Phrae, northern Thailand. 

Mr Hogg’s Ford four door vehicle was then taken and sold on the black market. When the purchaser realized it was part of a murder investigation they returned it. 

It was reported at the time that this act help uncover the conspiracy. It was further reported back in September that Warut had been involved in a long running feud over money with Mr Hogg and his wife. 

The couple had lived for some time in Australia before setting up home in Phrae, Nott’s hometown.

Elizabeth Gray – believed to be Mr Hogg’s daughter – and two relatives from the UK were in court to hear the judgment.

Thai media reported that the daughter had been awarded 644,255 baht in funeral and travel expenses.

Warut, Pia and Kittipong have been sentenced to death. Sima was given a life sentence commuted to 25 years in recognition for his help in the investigation. 

The family were reported to be satisfied with the judgment. 

Chief judge Sunet Satha said this was a high profile case involving a foreigner and the severe sentences were justified.

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