A British man who had fled to Spain in connection to the murder of a Thai woman has been sentenced to 8 years in prison by a court in Thailand.
Briton, Shane Kenneth Looker, 51, admitted killing Laxami Manochat, 27, after meeting her at a bar in November 2014,
Her dismembered body was found stuffed into a suitcase after having been dumped in a river.
Looker had watched the courtroom proceedings remotely via a teleconference call from prison. “After the defendant was examined by the judge, he finally confessed to all the filed charges,” said Saksith Jongcharoen, an administrative officer of the court.
Laxami’s corpse was discovered in the Mae Klong River in the district of Kanchanaburi, dismembered and stuffed into a suitcase loaded with stones.
Investigations by the Thai police revealed that she had met Looker in a Bangkok bar and accompanied him to his hotel.
Hotel security camera video showed them entering the hotel, but only Looker was seen leaving it – with footage of him carrying a large heavy bag.
In a police statement, the pairs bloodstained bed sheets were analysed showing they had been in the bed together and traces of Looker’s DNA were found on the girls fingernails
An international arrest warrant was issued for Looker in 2015.
He fled to Spain and was discovered by Spanish National Police in Ibiza where he was extradited to face trial in Thailand
Looker was also ordered to pay $300,000 in compensation to Laxami’s family