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The Thai press has published pictures of Michael Taylor, who fled a murder trial in Thailand and has been spotted in the Philippines.
The man from Hull accused of murdering his girlfriend on a Thai island has been spotted in the Philippines, seven years after he went on the run. Michael ‘Mick’ Taylor, 50, an offshore worker, was arrested in 2005 after he was accused of plunging a knife into his girlfriend Jantra Weangta’s heart.
Miss Weangta’s body was discovered in the rented bungalow the couple shared in idyllic Chalong Beach, Phuket. Mr Taylor denied the charge, claiming he had been having sex on a beach with a ladyboy at the time Mr Miss Weangta, 27, was killed. Thai police recovered a large Bowie knife and a pair of bloodstained trousers, while prosecutors had lined-up 13 witnesses, including a DNA expert, to testify against Mr Taylor.
Despite the seriousness of the accusation, Mr Taylor had been granted bail after a land title deed, valued at 400,000 baht (£8,000), was posted as a surety. He fled in 2006, midway through the trial, which had been heavily delayed.Since then, sightings have been made of Mr Taylor in Hull and, more recently, in the Philippines, where he is thought to be working in the offshore oil industry.
Information regarding Mr Taylor’s latest whereabouts was brought to the attention of Thai authorities after the owners of a bar in Pundakit, about 100 miles west of Manila, claimed they heard him bragging about the killing. Last night, it was unclear what, if any, action was being taken to extradite Mr Taylor, with Thai police reportedly telling a Phuket newspaper it was not within their jurisdiction to chase criminals abroad.