Crime & Justice

Police in Thailand escort Spanish suspect on reenactment of alleged murder of lover

Koh Pangan, Thailand, Aug 6 (EFE).- A Spanish man suspected of murdering and dismembering his Colombian surgeon lover on the popular tourist island of Koh Pangan in southern Thailand accompanied police on Sunday as they conducted a reenactment of the alleged crime.

Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, 29, the son of well-known Spanish actors Rodolfo Sancho and Silvia Bronchalo, was placed under arrest on Saturday after police said he had confessed to murdering Edwin Arrieta Arteaga, 44, out of “jealousy” and fear the surgeon was “cheating” on him.

Thai officers escorted the suspect to different sites on the island to reconstruct the crime scene, police confirmed to Efe.

Sancho was then returned to the Koh Pangan police station, where he met with senior officers in a conference room.

Sancho reported Arrieta’s disappearance to police on Thursday, and returned for questioning a day later.

The suspect is expected to be transferred on Monday to the neighboring island of Samui to be brought before a judge, who will review the case and the evidence presented by the police and decide whether to formally charge him.

A garbage collector discovered a pelvis and human intestines hidden in a fertilizer bag dumped at a landfill on Thursday, which prompted the police to begin investigating a possible murder.

More human remains were found during another search of the same landfill on Friday, including a bag containing two parts of lower limbs, along with a T-shirt and shorts, according to local media.

Thai police are still searching for the rest of the body parts, but have not yet been able to confirm that those found so far belong to the missing Colombian doctor.

Following those discoveries, the police on Friday began questioning the Spaniard as a suspect, after also noticing cuts and scratches on his body when he first reported the disappearance to police.

Police told Efe that Sancho was caught on security cameras buying knives, a saw and garbage bags earlier in the week, and that they had searched his accommodation on the island, which is known for its all-night full moon parties.

The parties, which bring together thousands of young people from around the world, took place last week on one of the island’s beaches.

According to the Bangkok Post newspaper, citing sources close to the investigation, the two men had arranged to travel to and meet in Koh Phangan, where the alleged victim had booked a hotel room from July 31 to August 3.

Images from security cameras on the island collected by local media show the two on a motorcycle on August 2. EFE


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