UPDATE: Australian Ex-pat Stabbed to Death at Krabi Resort was Celebrating his Birthday

Krabi –

An Australian resort boss was killed on his 57th birthday by the husband of one of his own employees who was apparently upset about her pay at a resort in Krabi.

Our previous story:

The Ao Nang Police told the Phuket Express that they were notified by the Krabi Hospital that a foreign man had been pronounced dead on April 2nd, 2023. Multiple stab and slash wounds were found on his body, said Ao Nang Police.

Now for the update:

Mrs. Wanna, whose full name on as withheld by police, who is the main suspect’s wife, said her boss accused her of embezzling resort money for more than 10,000 baht. She has denied the accusation and continues to deny it even after the murder of her former boss.

According to Wanna, her boss did not believe that she did not steal the money and wanted to deduct the amount from her final owed salary before firing her from her job. Mrs. Wanna told the story to her husband who became enraged and went to the resort, which also comprises a bar and restaurant, and murdered the victim with a knife.

Heppell had been celebrating his birthday at the resort when he was murdered, said the victim’s sister.

Other staffers at the resort told Thai media that their boss is a very kind employer but also has strict work standards.

Daily Mail in the UK reports that the victim was Mr. Peter Heppell, 57, from Perth, Australia. Mr. Heppell’s sister told Daily Mail that about twenty years ago in December, 2004, Mr. Heppell lost his six-month-old daughter in the Boxing Day tsunami. Mr. Heppell had survived the Boxing Day Tsunami as well as serious motorbike accidents previously.

Heppell’s sister said that Peter had been reunited with his baby girl in an emotional Facebook post on Tuesday.

Mr. Heppell was an A Grade Premiership player in the North Beach Football Club. He scored over 70 goals from 1985-1990.

The suspect remains in custody and is charged with murder and has admitted to the charges. He also denies that his wife stole any money and according to Ao Nang police has shown no regrets or remorse for his actions.

Additional source: Dailymail


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.