UPDATE: Suspects Involved with Chinese Businessman Murder in Trang Arrested

Southern Thailand-

Three suspects who were allegedly involved in the murder of a Chinese businessman in Trang have been arrested in Satun.

Our previous story:

A Chinese businessman was found dead with more than 20 stab and slash wounds at a resort in Mueang Trang.

Now for the update:

Colonel Sakda Jaroenkun, Deputy Commander of the Region 9 Police, told the Phuket Express that police in Satun have arrested three suspects who are Mr. Natdanai ‘J’, 22, Mr. Nattaphon ‘It’, 19, and Ms. Fai, 17. They are all originally from Satun.

Seized from them was a knife, the victim’s sedan, 11 bank books, five ATM cards, one credit card, 11,700-baht in cash, two passports, and a wallet.

Natdanai admitted to police, “Ms. Fai is my friend. The Chinese man, Mr. Zhirui Li, 43, asked me in an online chat for sexual services with Fai. This was the third time he had gone with Fai at this resort. While they were at the resort in Trang, Ms. Fai called me and said that the Chinese man refused to pay her and struck and attacked her. Fai reportedly put sleeping medicine in his alcoholic drink to calm him down but it did not affect him.”

“I asked Fai if she wanted me to kill him. She said do you dare or not. After that, I went into the resort room via a window that Fai opened for me while my friend Nattaphon, who was responsible for transportation, was waiting outside. I went into the room while the Chinese man was in the bathroom. I used a knife to stab and slash Mr. Li to death before all three of us sped away with his belongings and his sedan,” Natdanai admitted.

Region 9 police continue to review and investigate the incident, noting that Fai is also a juvenile and a minor under Thai law.

The victim, Mr. Zhirui Li, was reportedly a rubber businessman in the Koh Lanta area and was also married to a Thai woman with three children. The names of his family were withheld to protect their privacy and due to the sensitivity of the situation.

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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.