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Murder in Khon Kaen

Jun 08, 2017

The gruesome murder in Khon Kaen of Wariness Klinjui, 23, who worked in a karaoke bar in downtown Khon Kaen and whose body was found sawed in half, stuffed into garbage bags, and placed into plastic bins on May 18, 2017.

The motive for the murder is thought to be related to her being a police drug informant. It has been reported that information she gave to police landed Preeyanuch’s husband in jail. Preeyanuch and her husband are drug dealers.

Police arrested, Wasin Namprom, 22, who used to work at the same karaoke bar as Wariness. He was picked up in Vientiane, Laos and taken into custody. Wasin pointed the finger at Preeyanuch. He said that she killed and dismembered the victim, claiming that he was only driving the car.

Preeyanuch “Preaw” Nonwangchai, 24, suspected of strangling the victim to death and then sawing her body in half, is still at large while alleged accomplice Jidarat “Aom” Promkhun, 21, has been detained.

His girlfriend Jirarat Promkhun, 21, was also arrested in Ubon Ratchathani. She denied any involvement in the gruesome crime, saying that she only sold the victim’s jewelry and iPhone 6 for money.

There are also warrants out for Preeyanuch Nonwangchai, 24, Kawita Ratchada, 25, and Apiwant Satayabundit, 28. who fled to Myanmar.

According to Wasin, on the day of the murder, he and Preeyanuch, Kawita and Jirarat rented a Honda CRV to pick the victim near her apartment in Khon Kaen, claiming they wanted to meet her to discuss a job offer. But after the victim got in the car, Preeyanuch strangled her to death. The four drove around Khon Kaen to buy equipment to destroy the evidence such as plastic bags and a saw to dismember the body.

After that, they rented a room at a hotel downtown. Wasin said that Preeyanuch was the person who also dismembered the body. They moved the parts back to the car in plastic bins and buried them in the forest three kilometers from  Khao Suan Kwang district village.

Sheets of iron were placed on the grave in a further attempt to obscure it. However, villagers passing by could smell the body and investigated.

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