The bodies a British man and his wife missing in northern Thailand for the past five days were recovered today after police used earthmoving equipment to excavate part of their garden.
Alan Hogg, 64, and his Thai wife Nott Suddaen, 61, were reported missing from their home in Phrae province, northern Thailand, last Thursday, September 20.
Citing police sources, local media reported that Ms Suddaen’s brother, Warut Satchakit, had paid three men Bt50,000 (about US$1,542) to kill the pair, alleging that there was a long-running dispute. The report did not specify who the dispute was between, or details.
The report claimed three men currently in police custody had first shot dead Mr Hogg near his duck coop with a shotgun, before bludgeoning to death Ms Suddaen with a hammer in the family garage. A mini excavator owned by the couple was used to bury them beside a creek.
The three men were arrested by Thai police after selling the couples pickup truck last Friday, and have subsequently confessed to the double murder, local reports claim. Early today they returned with police to show them where they should look for Mr Hogg and Ms Suddaen’s bodies.
Mr Warut was initially arrested over the theft of Ms Nott’s white Ford Ranger, but was later released on bail. Local media reported late this afternoon that Mr Warut had been apprehended and charged with masterminding the double murders.
Mr Hogg was reportedly a former engineer who moved to Thailand and built the house he was murdered near himself. Originally from Edinburgh, Mr Hogg and Ms Suddaen are survived by a 31-year-old daughter, Robyn.
In Thailand confession to murder generally ensures that a sentence of death at trial is commuted to life in jail.
- Police find bodies of Briton, Thai wife buried on their Phrae land (The Nation)
- All three suspects charged with murder of Brit, Thai wife (Bangkok Post)
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