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Today, Tommy Soderlund from Sweden was sentenced to life in jail for the stabbing and murder of Maxim Schantz two years ago in Phuket. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victims family, the amount has not been released.
Tommy stood accused of the murder along with Johan Sebatian Lung who, on January 24th also received a life sentence as well as being ordered to pay a 12 million baht fine.
The handing down of the sentence today followed a media blackout on reporting witness testimonies delivered during the trial as the court deemed it could unfairly support the defendants (story here).
Mr Soderlund has 30 days to appeal the sentence.
The mother of Maxim Schantz, Yvonne Schantz, had hoped to obtain an apology from Mr Soderlund.
“I want to hear him apologize to me and my son. Johan apologized to me once when I visited the pair of them in jail – but Tommy never did,” Ms Schantz told the Phuket Gazette after the sentencing of Mr Ljung.
In August 2011 the pair attacked and stabbed Russian born Swedish Natoinal Mr Schantz, they were allegedly angry that Mr Schantz had informed the police of a scam operation they had been running out of Pattaya. Based on a prisoner transfer agreement between Sweden and Thailand Par Kageby, the Senior Consular Officer at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangok said the suspects would have an opportunit to serve out their sentances in Sweden after serving the required one third of their sentence, no more than eight years, in Thailand.