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Suspect in murder of former ambassador to Denmark believed to have left the country

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The sole suspect in the murder of a former Thai ambassador to Denmark has fled to Myanmar, according to a Bangkok Post report. The Burmese national is wanted by Thai police for the murder of Vichit Vichitmarn, who formerly served as Thai Ambassador to Denmark.

Mr Vichit was found stabbed to death in the bathroom of his home in the Chatuchak district of Bangkok on Sunday, October 8. It’s now known that the murder suspect, named as 19-year-old Sai Myat Moe, fled to Myanmar the next day.

According to Attapol Anusit from the Metropolitan Police, the 63-year-old victim lived alone, having moved into the property on Vibhavadi Rangsit 20 Road on September 9. It’s understood the suspect had worked for him as a house painter since September 19.

CCTV footage shows the suspect arriving at the property on September 25 and Mr Vichit opening the gate and admitting him. Attapol says that 3 days later, the suspect assaulted his employer on the first floor of the house.

When Mr Vichit fled to the second-floor toilet, the suspect threatened him with a knife, forcing him to reveal the PIN for his ATM card. It’s alleged that after Mr Vichit told him the PIN, the suspect stabbed him several times, killing him. He then stole valuables from the property before fleeing in a taxi.

Attapol says the victim’s mobile phone and computers were missing from the property and his bank card had been used to withdraw hundreds of thousands of baht from an ATM in the Lat Phrao area of the capital.

He then took a bus from the Mo Chit terminal and travelled to Chiang Rai province, where, according to provincial immigration police, he crossed into Myanmar at the Mae Sai border checkpoint just after 7.20am on September 29.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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