Two men and a 17 year old girl, arrested in connection with the murder of a Chinese businessman in Trang, southern Thailand, have been charged.
The body of 43 year old Zhirui Liu was found in the bathroom of his Trang hotel room on Tuesday, May 16. He had sustained over 20 stab wounds, including to his chest. Blood tests carried out on the victim showed traces of sleeping pills and alcohol in his system. It’s understood the man lived in Thailand and worked in the export of rubber and wood.
Following the murder, police in the southern province of Satun arrested two men, named only as 22 year old Natdanai “J” and 19 year old Nattaphon “It”, as well as a 17 year old girl, identified only as “Fai”. All 3 are being charged with intentional murder and robbery and have been denied bail.
Yesterday morning, May 18, a re-enactment of the crime was held, with over 30 officers from Mueang Trang Police Station and Trang Provincial Police Station present. Also in attendance were 20 of the victim’s family members, including his 3 children and Thai wife.
The Phuket Express reports that only Natdanai and Nattaphon took part in the re-enactment, with Fai excluded due to her being a juvenile. However, she remains in custody and is being questioned by police at the Children’s and Family Home in Trang.
It’s understood the re-enactment was over quickly, lasting just 20 minutes, as some of the victim’s relatives were threatening to attack both suspects.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express