October 10, 2012 00:00 By Kampanart Khantrakoon
Sawang Noomjui, who lodged a murder complaint against a former police doctor, dismissed the suspect's open letter as being full of 'lies' yesterday.
In his letter, Dr Suphat Laohawattana said Sawang was his brother’s henchman and was being used to frame him.
Earlier this year, Sawang alleged that Suphat had killed his son – Samart – as well as Samart’s wife Orasa Kerdsap. The couple has been missing for several years and their pick-up truck was found at a house linked to Suphat and his brother Suthep.
While Suthep and Sawang have been insisting that Suphat owned this house, the suspect says the property was under his brother’s care. The siblings have been accusing each other of wanting to embezzle their ailing mother’s money.
“I do not know Suthep,” Sawang said yesterday, adding that Suphat’s wife had told him that her husband had escorted both Samart and Orasa to his ranch in Phetchaburi, and after that, the couple had allegedly not been seen again.
“I believe their bodies were buried in his farm,” Sawang said.
Meanwhile, Tha Mai Ruak Police Station’s superintendent Colonel Pichai Pongpong yesterday led a team to scour Suphat’s farm for the 12th time but found no additional evidence.
“The property is so vast. It would be difficult to find remains. But we hope that those involved will repent and identify the locations where the victims were buried,” Pichai said.
Apart from this, Suphat’s case is getting more complicated.
Pichai said police were now looking to see how the missing couple’s pick-up truck showed up at a house in Nonthaburi, which is owned by Suphat. Police are also investigating a Myanmar worker who spoke up against Suphat but is now being accused of crimes himself. This worker, identified as “Kala”, claimed that Suphat was cruel and had destroyed one of his arms.
After Kala spoke up, a prisoner at the Phetchaburi Prison wrote to the prison chief claiming that Kala was a murderer as well and had killed another worker from his country.
Prison chief Surasit Jitchobjai said inmate Anon Jarernchob had offered to testify in court.
“Kala was serving a term in the same prison as Anon and the two were quite close back then,” Surasit said.
Meanwhile, Prasert “Kaew” Udomsap, who once worked for Suphat, said he did not believe the allegations made against his former employer.
“As far as I can remember, he is a kind person and took good care of everybody working at his farm,” Kaew, who worked for Suphat for several years, said.
He also said that the reference in Suphat’s letter about Suthep’s factory running at a loss was true. “Due to this loss, he later sold it,” Kaew said.