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Court appearance on Tuesday for suspect in body butchering case

Police have set up a committee to investigate the case in which a 36-year-old man is accused of killing and dismembering his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend as they prepare to bring him for his first court appearance.


Police are expected to bring suspect Thanakrit Prakob to court on Tuesday morning for his first 12-day detention application so that he can be further interrogated, said Metropolitan Police Area 3 deputy chief Pol Colonel Charnwit Phumpho.

Thanakrit is so far facing charges of murder and destroying a body to conceal a crime, Charnwit said. The suspect has insisted that he had not planned to murder his ex-girlfriend.

Thanakrit has shown signs of severe stress – refusing to eat and sleep – during his detention in the precinct’s jail, Charnwit said. The suspect testified coherently during his initial interview with police and is not being considered mentally disturbed, he said.

Police have learned that the native of the southern province of Satun at a young age lost his mother and his father passed away when he was 20, Charnwit said. Married six years ago, Thanakrit’s pregnant wife died along with the twin foetuses from a complication after a dog bite.

Police contacted his relatives in Satun but none wanted to have anything to do with this case, Charnwit said.

Thanakrit has reportedly confessed to killing Lakkhana Kamlangkeng, his former live-in girlfriend of two years, when she went to his apartment room on June 12 to collect her things following their April break-up. He told police he struck the Roi Et woman’s head with a hammer during an argument and, when she regained consciousness an hour later, struck Lakkhana’s head another 3 or 4 times until she was dead.

He left her body in his room for a day before dismembering it the following night to dispose of in an attempt to conceal the crime.

He posted about the news of the body’s discovery on his Facebook page to ward off suspicion.

Lakkhana’s dismembered body parts were found at an overgrown roadside spot on a remote road in Bangkok’s Klong Samwa district late last Friday.

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