A Thai court on Tuesday convicted a Briton of the 2014 murder of a woman whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase thrown into a river.
Shane Kenneth Looker was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing 27-year-old sex worker Laxami Manochat in a hotel room and disposing of her body.
Police said the 51-year-old was photographed with Laxami – nicknamed “Pook” – leaving a Bangkok go-go bar on November 1, 2014 before the pair were seen entering a hotel together.
Only Looker was seen leaving the premises, with a bellhop reporting that his large bag was so heavy it took two people to carry it, and a hotel cleaner saying that the bedroom sheets were stained with blood.
“The defendant is found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison, but due to his confession, the court has reduced his sentence by half to eight years without reprieve,” a Kanchanaburi city court official said in a statement. The west of the country.
Looker was ordered to pay compensation of just under 10 million baht ($300,000) plus interest to Laxami’s mother, as well as two million baht plus interest to the murdered woman’s daughter, a said another court official.
Laxami’s dismembered corpse was found on November 6, 2014, in a suitcase loaded with rocks and thrown into the Mae Klong River.
Looker’s TAUT was later discovered under his fingernails.
Kanchanaburi Provincial Court issued an arrest warrant on January 28, 2015 for “murder and concealment, removal or destruction of a body for the purpose of concealing death or cause of death”.
But the Briton – who settled into his holiday home in the upscale Thai resort of Hua Hin for weeks before catching a train to Malaysia – had already taken the edge off Spain.
Looker was arrested in June 2017 on the party island of Ibiza by Spanish authorities acting on an international arrest warrant.
He spent years fighting an exhaustive legal battle against extradition, claiming he would be subjected to inhumane treatment in Thailand.
Eventually, the European Court of Human Rights dismissed his challenge, after Thai authorities gave assurances that he would not face the death penalty, and he was sent to the kingdom for treatment. judged in July.
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