Iranian suspected of killing Beach Road masseuse

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An Iranian man has been arrested for allegedly strangling to death a 21-year-old Beach Road masseuse.

Saeed Deghan Halan, 23, was taken into custody Oct. 25 at Pattaya Hill Resort on Pratamnak Hill where he had been staying for several days. Inside his fourth floor condominium police found the fully dressed body of Kalasin native Saifon Kamonruang. She had been dead for about five hours, officials estimated.

Iranian Saeed Deghan Halan has been arrested for allegedly strangling to death a 21-year-old Beach Road masseuse. Iranian Saeed Deghan Halan has been arrested for allegedly strangling to death a 21-year-old Beach Road masseuse.

The room showed signs of a violent encounter, with bed sheets unraveled and blood on the wall. The woman had apparently been strangled, but the body was sent to the Forensics Institute to determine the official cause of death.

Also found at the scene was a tube of massage cream, an open box of condoms and a massage “menu” listing different types of massage and prices.

Halan, who had a small puncture wound on his hand and scratches on his face and neck, told police he had had several liaisons with the Beach Road streetwalker but the most recent encounter turned violent when, he claimed, Saifon injured him during rough play. He said he lost his temper and strangled her before he realized what happened.

Realizing what he’d done, Halan said he tried to flee, but was stopped by the security guard who had seen him go upstairs with the woman only an hour before.