Phuket Information: Sandbox vacationer killer confesses to attacking Swiss lady, denies intent to homicide, rape


Sandbox vacationer killer confesses to attacking Swiss lady, denies intent to homicide, rape

PHUKET: Teerawat Thothip, a 27-year-old resident of Pa Khlok in Phuket has confessed to choking Swiss vacationer Nicole Sauvain-Weiskopf with a headlock, however has denied goal to kill her and denied any try to rape her.

The nationally broadcast press convention used to be held at Phuket Provincial Police Station, in Phuket Town, previous these days (Aug 8). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

He simply sought after her cash and property, he informed a press convention broadcast nationally these days (Aug 8).

Teerawat used to be arrested via police the previous day for the homicide of Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf, whose frame used to be discovered close to the Ao Yon Waterfall on Phuket’s east coast on Thursday (Aug 6).

Col Krissana Pattanacharoen, Deputy Spokesman of Royal Thai Police, these days defined, “Police have controlled to arrest a 27 yr previous guy in reference to the demise of a 57 yr previous Swiss feminine nationwide who used to be previous discovered lifeless at a waterfall in Wichit subdistrict, Phuket.

“During the process investigation and interrogation, evidences had been systematically accumulated and witness statements had been taken. Phuket Provincial Court later issued an arrest warrant in reference to the proof introduced to the courtroom.

“Police have charged the culprit for homicide and theft inflicting demise. The explanation for demise is but to be showed because the post-mortem document is but to be launched via the authority.

“An inquiry officer has implemented to the Phuket Provincial Court to increase a detention length for additional felony court cases, Col Kirssana famous.


Speaking on the press convention this morning, Region 8 Police Deputy Commander Lt Col Nanthadet Yoinuan defined that police had been first notified that Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s frame were discovered at 2pm that day.

Officers instantly answered to the decision and arrived on the scene, he stated.

Officers discovered Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s frame face down within the move. She used to be bare from the waist down and were coated via a small tarpaulin weighed down via rocks. Her running shoes and her shorts had been discovered within the lengthy grass close by.

“On the first day, we went to examine the scene and make our plans for the investigation. On that day, I had no idea who the suspect could be,” he stated.

“On the next day, the Police General-Commissioner [Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk] introduced a staff of officials from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), led via Maj Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, to paintings along with native police.

“From the initial investigation on that day, we knew that the tourist stayed at a hotel in the Ao Yon area. On Aug 3, about 11:49am, she walked past a CCTV camera to the waterfall. The distance from her hotel to the waterfall is about 1.6 kilometres. The waterfall is not popular among tourists and is mostly  known only to local residents,” he added.

“We checked the footage from the CCTV camera nearest to the waterfall and found 34 vehicles passed the camera. We considered only eight vehicles as suspicious, and later only one last vehicle seemed suspicious. The rider arrived about 12 minutes before the deceased arrived and the suspect drove the motorcycle back from the scene about three hours later. The rider was Teerawat Thothip, who was a local resident of the Cape Panwa community,” he stated. [Of note, Teerawat’s registered address is in Pa Khlok, Phuket]

“We investigated until we found him at his house. We took him to Wichit Police Station for questioning. At first, he did not give good cooperation and gave confusing statements. Then we asked him to take off his shirt and we saw a big scratch along the right side of his body. The scratch had only just scabbed,” Lt Col Nanthadet persisted.

“With much evidence and a long time in questioning, he eventually cried and confessed that he had killed the tourist,” Lt Col Nanthadet stated.


Teerawat himself joined the clicking convention via telephone.

“I, Teerawat Thothip, am sitting with my female friend, uncle and attorney. I would love to give an explanation for concerning the incident on Aug 3. About 10-11am, I rode my motorcycle to Ao Yon Waterfall to search out orchids and different issues within the wooded area. 

“I walked up to the highest level of the waterfall, but found nothing I wanted. Then I walked down and saw the foreigner, who was naked from the waist down, sitting beside the waterfall. There was a black backpack near her which I expected must have had valuable items inside,” Teerawat stated.

“I walked as regards to her and put her in a headlock from at the back of. The foreigner attempted to get out from below my arm and fought again, which introduced us into the water. I put her in a headlock once more till she was subconscious. I took her frame to the waterside, coated her frame with an insulator [a rubber sheet] held down via some rocks.

“Then I opened her backpack and found B300 in cash. I put the money into my wallet and threw her trainers away from the area. I walked down and rode my motorbike to a shack of Bang Lit [a friend],” Teerawat persisted.

“On tips on how to the shack, I spent the stolen cash on a bottle of sentimental drink and ice. Then I met my pals on the shack and used the cash to shop for marijuana and cigarettes.

“After that, I returned house and lived typically till Aug 5, when my female friend informed me that the frame of a foreigner used to be discovered on the waterfall. I used to be surprised and felt accountable for the whole lot I had performed. Then I confessed to the police.

“I would like to say sorry to every person in Thailand and the family of the tourist for what I had done. I’m sorry. Really sorry,” Teerawat stated.

Asked whether or not he informed any individual after realizing the scoop about Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s frame being discovered, Teerawat responded, “I was shocked and did not tell anything to other people. I waited until the police checked the CCTV camera and tracked me to my house. I was sleeping when the team of police came to my house.”

Asked whether or not he used to be under the influence of alcohol or below the results of any medicine whilst committing the killing and whether or not he in reality sought after to just scouse borrow her property, he stated, “I was not drunk at that time, but I took drugs one week before. I really just wanted her belongings.” 

Asked why he hd attacked Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf, Teerawat responded, “I have been unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am normally hired for cutting grass. I had a very low income, like B1,000 per week. I gave the whole money to my girlfriend and family, so that they can spend it for living and rising my child.”

Asked whether or not he concept that his movements would have ended in her loss of life, he stated, “I did not mean to kill her.”

Asked whether or not he sought after to mention the rest to the Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s amily, he responded, “I would like to say sorry to the family for what I did. I am begging for forgiveness from every person in Thailand. I feel very guilty for what I have done.”

Asked concerning the lengthy scratch on his torso, Teerawat defined, “I already had the scratch from before the killing, but I got more scratches from the fighting.”

At the clicking convention it used to be defined that Teerawat used to be arrested for medicine ownership on  Oct 5 final yr. He used to be sentenced to 9 months’ imprisonment and fined B15,000 baht, however used to be put on two years probation.


Speaking in English on the press convention, which used to be additionally attended via Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, national police leader Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk stated, “On behalf of the Royal Thai Police, I want to be offering our deep condolences to the circle of relatives of the sufferer who misplaced her lifestyles on this tragedy.

“All of us felt the same as the family of the victim in this difficult time. I know that nothing could ever compensate [for] this loss, although police managed to arrest the murderer soon after we opened an investigation,” he stated. 

“We can guarantee that the culprit will probably be charged and attempted reasonably within the courtroom of legislation in the end. It is our task to make certain that justice is rendered in order that we can achieve the general public’s self belief.

“As a Thai, we, ourselves, will take this opportunity to welcome tourists to visit Thailand, and we will do our best to protect you, to provide public safety, and to be your first friend during your stay here in Phuket and all across the country of Thailand,” Gen Suwat concluded.

Also provide these days used to be Jan Dirk Kaethner, Police Attache of the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok.

“I would like to thank General-Commissioner Suwat and my colleagues of the Royal Thai Police for the huge effort they are putting in the investigation of this terrible murder case,” Mr Kaethner stated.

“The sufferer, the circle of relatives of the sufferer and the entire other folks of Thailand deserve a certified and swift investigation of this crime. I’m very assured that the laborious paintings of the Royal Thai Police below the management of Gen Suwat will lead the investigation to good fortune.

“Gen Suwat brought his best team, his best officers, and I know from my experience this is a guarantee for success. I would also like to thank the government and authorities of Thailand for their big effort to make the beautiful Phuket safe again. Thank you very much,” he added.

The B200,000 praise presented via native tourism companies for catching Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s killer used to be these days gained via the law enforcement officials who performed the investigation. The officials additionally gained bouquets of vegetation in gratitude for his or her efforts.

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