BANGKOK, Oct 23 — Thai police are about to have the couple charged with killing a 79-year-old Japanese man conduct a reenactment to back their confession.
Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Division handed Pornchanok Chaiyapa and her husband Somchai Kaewbangyang to Pol Lt Gen Rueangsak Jarit-ek, acting deputy national police chief, at the Metropolitan Police Bureau today.
The suspects were detained under martial law following their arrest Sunday in Ang Thong province.
The two were brought before the eyes of the media for the first time.
They confessed to killing Japanese-language teacher Yoshinori Shimato, dismembering his body, putting his body parts in bags and sinking them in a canal in Bang Bo district of Samut Prakan province.
At the request of the police, rescue workers retrieved all the bags from the canal.
Mr Shimato had gone missing since Sept 21 and both suspects reportedly admitted to the killing on that day.
Pol Lt Gen Rueangsak questioned both suspects himself and had doctors examine their bodies to prevent any possible subsequent allegation that they were beaten and forced to confess.
The reenactment will take place at the Ms Pornchanok’s house and at the canal where they disposed of the victim’s body parts.