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Police arrest man suspected of the Chao Phraya body parts murder

Police in Cambodia have arrested a man suspected of torturing, killing and dismembering the Spanish man whose body parts turned up in murdering sodthe Chao Phraya River in Bangkok last week. According to Spanish media reports, Artur Segarra was arrested in Sihanoukeville at 7-30pm on Sunday, after Thai police discovered his Honda PCX abandoned in Surin, close to the Cambodian border. The 36 year old man was last seen in a karaoke bar, he fled when locals recognised him from his photo that was revealed during a televised news report.

The victim, David Bernat, 40, a Spanish business man, was last seen alive leaving the Nantiruj Tower on Sukhumvit Soi 8 on January 20th. Ten days later body parts belonging to him were discovered in the Chao Phraya River. Police said the man had been tortured and asphyxiated prior to his body being dismembered. They also say that funds of approximately 37 million baht had been transferred from his bank in Singapore to accounts belonging to Segarra who had been withdrawing large amounts of cash from AMT’s in Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Cambodian police are expected to charge Segarra with illegal entry to Cambodia before extraditing him to Thailand to face murder charges.

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