Crime & Justice

Spanish murder suspect’s mother, embassy staff revisit him in Thai prison

Koh Samui/Bangkok, Aug 18 (EFE).- The mother of Daniel Sancho, in pre-trial detention for the murder and dismemberment of a Colombian plastic surgeon, went to revisit her son in the Koh Samui prison, in southern Thailand, with Spanish embassy personnel.

Silvia Bronchalo arrived at the prison – where her son has been held since Aug. 7 awaiting trial for the murder of Edwin Arrieta – by taxi and accompanied by Spanish embassy staff.

Sancho finished the 10-day isolation period stipulated by the Covid-19 protocol Thursday, and has since been able to receive a daily visit of about 15 minutes.

Asked by Spanish journalists gathered at the entrance to the prison, Vicente Cacho, business manager of the Spanish embassy in Thailand, made some statements about the visit and said they’re separated by a glass window during the meeting. He said face-to-face encounters aren’t possible in this prison.

Asked by journalists, Cacho said Bronchalo “is very affected and surprised by everything,” and that “it gave her peace of mind to see him and talk to him,” adding that she “did not come to assess Daniel’s situation.”

The family of scion, son of Spanish actor Rodolfo Sancho and grandson of late Spanish actor Sancho Gracia, said in a statement last week that it is “very sorry for Edwin’s death,” and adding that it wouldn’t make more statements “to respect the painful moment both families are living.”

Police accuse Sancho, 29, who confessed to the crime, of the premeditated murder of Arrieta, 44, whom he said he stabbed in the chest during a fight, although the victim’s autopsy is yet to be known.

Sancho and Arrieta, who allegedly met last year through Instagram, had met in Koh Phangan, an island near Koh Samui, on Aug. 2, the day the surgeon was murdered and dismembered. EFE


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