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Theft likely motive in murder of former ambassador


ALTHOUGH two teenagers were questioned about the murder of a former ambassador to Denmark after his stabbed body was found a second-floor bathroom of his house in Vibhavadi Soi 20 this morning (Oct.8) police said it is unlikely they murdered him as they have evidence pointing to a thief to have done so, Sanook.com said.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Noppasin Poolsawat, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police, personally inspected the crime scene where the body of Mr. Vichit Chitvimarn, 63, was found in the bathroom stabbed in the chest three times and covered with some cardboard boxes.

Police were alerted by a neighbour to check the house after getting a foul smell from there. They then got in touch with the contractor who was working on an extension and had the keys to the property.

A forensic team found that two out of five knives in the house had blood stains on them and they were taken for examination as to whether they were used to murder Vichit.

Relatives told police they had not been able to contact the victim since Sept. 27 and that he had only moved to this house from a condo in Phahonyothin area on Sept. 9, or approximately a month before his murder.

The two teenagers, one 17 years old and the other 15, were accompanied by their parents in being questioned at Suthisarn police station. One of them is the contractor’s son and also the victim’s step-son.

Police said although they were the last to see the victim alive, they were unlikely to be involved in the murder but would be questioned again.

This is because they now have clear evidence pointing to the real culprit with ransacking of the first and second floors of the house showing an intention to steal.

There was also no sign of a struggle but there were blood stains leading from the gate all the way to the second floor bathroom which shows that the victim tried to save his life but died there with the killer then covering his body with cardboard boxes.

Police are also going through video clips from surveillance cameras installed in the housing estate and the house itself and lifting fingerprints.


Top: Ruamkatanyu Foundation workers collecting the cardboard boxes that covered the victim’s body.

Front Page: The press covering this crime at Suthisarn police station. Both photos: Sanook.com

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