Prostitute arrested for killing Belgian customer

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A Thai prostitute was arrested for allegedly killing her elderly Belgian customer, saying he paid her only 50 baht for four months of service.

Bunta Phumlamnao, 37, was taken into custody at the Niran Grand Condominium on Soi Arunothai June 21. She was still holding a bloody, 30-centimeter knife when officers arrived.

Lying on the adjacent bed was the body of Edouard Gabrielle Hubert, 78, stabbed once in the heart.

Bunta Phumlamnao has allegedly confessed to murdering Belgian Edouard Gabrielle Hubert.Bunta Phumlamnao has allegedly confessed to murdering Belgian Edouard Gabrielle Hubert.

Police said Bunta confessed to killing the Belgian, who she had contracted with for 1,000 baht per day. However, after staying with him for four months, she said, Hubert had only paid her 50 baht.

Police said the couple was drinking in his condo when an argument broke out, Bunta claims Hubert hit her and she stabbed him in self-defense.

Neighbor Anonglak Jankhot, 42, said she and her husband, also Belgian, heard Hubert calling for help. She told police she went to the balcony and saw a staggering Hubert bleeding from the chest. She and her husband went into his condo to help, but it was too late. The Belgian husband restrained Bunta while Anonglak called security.