THE SUSPECT in a cyanide poisoning case was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night after her blood pressure rose high while Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn said the total number of mysterious deaths had risen to 10 but the 11th victim survived and is an important witness, Naewna newspaper said today (Apr. 26).
After Ms. Sararat Rangsiwutthaporn, or Am, the suspect in the poisoning death of Ms. Siriporn (surname withheld), 32, during Songkran festival, was taken to the Crime Suppression Division for questioning, in the middle of the night her blood pressure rose to 170-220 and Erawan Centre rescuers were called to take her to the hospital.
Pol. Gen. Surachate, nicknamed Big Joke, who is handling this case at the instruction of National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat, said last night after a two-hour meeting on this case that the suspect still refused to admit to the crime nor did she say or clarify anything.
However, investigation revealed that there were 10 mysterious deaths while the 11th victim who had gone out to eat with the suspect had survived because she had vomited soon after finishing the meal. She is now an important witness in this case.
Moreover the forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on the body of Siriporn will confirm to court that she had been poisoned.
Pol. Gen. Surachate added that more arrest warrants will be sought from the court, which had earlier issued one for Sararat on the charges of premeditated murder, and her assets will be frozen.
After holding talks with police in five provinces about this case, namely Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi and Udon Thani, the Deputy National Police Chief said three of the mysterious deaths occurred in Nakhon Pathom.
Another team of investigators are tracking the suspect’s phone calls and financial routes including any connection with her ex-husband who is a deputy superintendent at a Ratchaburi police station.
Asked whether the long gap in these mysterious deaths would pose an obstacle in the investigation, Pol. Gen. Surachate said he is adhering to circumstantial evidence because all the deaths occurred in the same manner with the victims having died after going out to eat and drink.
Moreover they were all in a close circle and in the periphery of a police circle too.
In working out the motive, the focus is on clearing debt and theft because the suspect is talking normally and has not displayed any psychiatric symptoms, he said, adding police will be objecting to a bail request by the suspect with the next meeting on this case taking place on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m.
Top and Front Page The suspect at the Crime Suppression Division headquarters. Photos: Naewna
Ïnsert: Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Surachate Hakparn. Photo: Matichon
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