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Suspects wanted for murder of Brit in Pattaya believed to be hiding in Sihanoukville

The search for two men wanted for the murder of a British man in Pattaya last week is currently underway in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

On Thursday, Sihanoukville immigration police made a public appeal for information as to the whereabouts of the two suspects.

The appeal followed a formal request from the authorities in Thailand for information on the pair, it was revealed on Thursday.

“There was a request submitted to us asking for cooperation,” said Chhay Sinarith, deputy commissioner of the Cambodia’s National Police told the Cambodia Daily.

Last week, police in Thailand identified South African Abel Caldeira Bonito, 23, and Briton Miles Dicken Turner, 27, as the prime suspects in the murder of Tony Kenway, 39, who was shot in the head while sitting in his car outside the Sanit Sports Club in Pattaya on January 24.

The incident, which took place at around 10:30am was captured on CCTV. The gunman, who police believe to be Abel Caldeira Bonito, was seen walking away from the scene to a waiting motorcycle, allegedly driven by Miles Dicken Turner.

Police say the men fled to Cambodia just hours after the murder, leaving Thailand at the Hat Lek border crossing in Trat.

Officials in Cambodia now believe the two men could be hiding out in Sihanoukville, where Mr Bonito is reported to have links, having previously worked in bars in the resort town.

On Thursday, Nop Sambo, a Sihanoukville immigration police officer, also made an appeal on Facebook to Sihanoukville residents for information on the whereabouts of Mr Bonito and Mr Turner.

“Need all of you to cooperate with the information that involves with two of these men specifically where the place of their accommodation,” read a post alongside images of the wanted men.

Police in Thailand have said the motive for the murder was likely to be the result of Mr Kenway’s business dealings.

The Sun newspaper in the UK previously reported that Mr Kenway, who was originally described as website designer, had been involved in a number of companies offering bogus investments to UK and Australian expats in Thailand and had links to foreign “boiler room gangs” operating in Pattaya and Bangkok.

It was following a falling a fallout with members of one of the boiler room gangs, who Kenway claimed owed him 8 million baht, that he went to the police in Thailand in order to have his cohort arrested.

The Sun also reported that Mr Kenway had himself been in trouble with the police for working illegally in the kingdom and operating an illegal gambling website.

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