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Lady of the Hills: English teacher in Thailand denies murdering Thai wife whose remains were found in UK

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Lady of the Hills: English teacher in Thailand denies murdering Thai wife whose remains were found in UK

 

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A British man who works as an English teacher at a university in Thailand has denied murdering his Thai wife, whose remains were found in moorland in England in 2004.

 

The woman’s body was found by walkers Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales in northern England who had unwittingly been posing for photos alongside, without realising what it was.

 

For 15 years, mystery surrounded the identity of the woman, who was dubbed 'Lady of the Hills', and whose case featured widespread coverage in the UK as the authorities attempted to identify her.

 

Because the woman could not be formally identified, despite several media appeals, she was buried in an unmarked grave in Horton-in-Ribblesdale churchyard, where the headstone reads: “The Lady of the Hills. Found 20th Sept 2004. Name Not Known. Rest in Peace.”

 

But due to a breakthrough in DNA, and with the help of the authorities in Thailand, the woman was recently identified as Lamduan Seekanya.

 

Now The Sun reports that police in the UK are investigating Lamduan’s marriage to British man David Armitage, 55, who is now in Thailand where he works as an English teacher at Rajabhat University in Kanchanaburi.

 

David told The Sun: “I didn't kill my wife. Absolutely not.”

 

Last month, following a cold case review and publicity in the Thai media, an elderly couple living in Udon Thani came forward saying they believed the ‘Lady of the Hills’ was their daughter, Lamduan, who they last heard from in 2004 and who had moved to the UK in the 1990s after meeting a British man.

 

Joomsri Seekanya, 72, said her daughter posed a striking resemblance to a sketch issued by police in one of the appeals to identify the ‘Lady of the Hills’.

 

Mrs Joomsri told police her daughter, who had two children with David Armitage, would now be 52, and that contact with her stopped abruptly in 2004, around the time the body of the ‘Lady of the Hills’ was found.

 

Police initially thought the woman, who was found half naked, had died of hyperthermia after becoming lost on the hills. An open verdict was later recorded at an inquest to her death.

 

However, a cold case review in 2016 suggested the woman was killed and police in the UK  investigated the possibility she was a ‘Thai bride’ who had moved to England and was killed.

 

Forensic tests which were not available at the time, later found that Lamduan had spent time living in a rural area of south Cumbria or northern Lancashire.

 

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Its good that the Thai parents finally know what happened to their daughter. Convicting the UK guy will be hard as its so long ago that almost all evidence will be gone. All this guy has to do is deny it and he might get away with it.

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True but this is Thailand, net citizens play a bigger role than evidence, once Big Joke gets a sniff he'll coma knocking!

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9 minutes ago, robblok said:

Its good that the Thai parents finally know what happened to their daughter. Convicting the UK guy will be hard as its so long ago that almost all evidence will be gone. All this guy has to do is deny it and he might get away with it.

Thai police have a way of getting confessions. It looks like his own kids will take him down.

"Joomsri said in 2016 Lamduan and David’s son  arrived at their home  to look for his mum. He was marrying  and wanted to invite her to the wedding. Joomsri said: “He said his father had told him Lamduan left him and returned to Thailand to marry someone else.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8666819/lady-of-the-hills-body-identified-murder-investigation/

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Thai police interrogation methods should extract a confession quick smart. Huge success rate.

Case closed.

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Would have been very telling to see his reaction when he was told that his Wifes body had been identified .

  Was it a kind of "Oh no, she died" and getting upset

or a "Ut-oh , "  and looking worried

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Theres absolutely  no evidence to convict apart from purely circumstantial stuff,

However regardless of guilt or innocence  I would be more concerned re family trying to get even might be worth moving anyway, for self preservation.

  

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A shred of evidence might be useful.  Bring him in for questioning.

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