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Husband of ‘Lady of the Hills’ Lamduan denies killing her

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Husband of ‘Lady of the Hills’ Lamduan denies killing her

By THE NATION

 

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THE PARENTS of a Thai woman found dead in England’s Yorkshire Dales in 2004 and, until identified lately, dubbed “the Lady of the Hills” have asked for the return of her remains.
 

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When Richard Hill posed for this picture, he did not realise Lamduan Armitage's body was wrapped around the rocks behind him. // Photo: Richard Hill

 

For 15 years, Lamduan Armitage, nee Seekanya, lay buried as an unidentified woman in northern England, thousands of kilometres from her homeland.

 

An investigation into her death, long shelved as a cold case, has now resumed, with Lamduan’s British husband firmly denying any wrongdoing. 

 

“We want her skeleton back for a ritual based on northeastern beliefs and traditions,” Lamduan’s mother Joomsri Seekanya said yesterday at her home in Udon Thani. 

 

Joomsri, 72, and her husband Buasa, 75, had not heard from Lamduan since 2004.

 

“The last time she called us, she said her husband assaulted her and she wanted to come home,” Joomsri said. “So what do you expect us to think about it?” 

 

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Lamduan’s widower, David Armitage has reportedly been living in Thailand for years, working as a schoolteacher. Yesterday he denied killing her. 

 

The London-based Sun tabloid quoted Armitage, 55, as saying, “I didn’t kill my wife. Absolutely not!”

 

Recent DNA tests have confirmed that the body of an Asian woman discovered near Pen-y-ghent in the vast, rural dales was that of Lamduan.

 

Police did not at first suspect foul play, but evidence mounted hinting at the possibility of murder. A British coroner rendered an “open verdict”, meaning there was no proof as to the cause of death.

 

Lamduan’s parents, worried when she no longer called them, sold off their cattle and land to finance a search. They told reporters that during her last visit home, Lamduan husband had urged them to sell their land in response her husband’s urging. 

 

“We spent Bt330,000 and found nothing,” Joomsri said earlier this year. 

 

She said yesterday her grandson – one of three children Lamduan had with Armitage – once visited on his own, looking for his mother. He’d heard that she’d left England to marry another man. “But I never heard she’d remarried,” Joomsri said. 

 

The parents were in the news after a former neighbour who married a Briton and moved to England returned home with a police sketch of “the Lady of the Hills”. 

 

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Cold case investigators released an artist's impression of the woman found near Pen-y-ghen. // NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE

 

“She saw the sketch online and thought it looked like Lamduan in some ways,” Joomsri said. The neighbour helped Joomsri contact a network of Thai women living in Britain. The network in turn arranged for the DNA tests that identified the mystery woman as Lamduan. 

 

Lamduan’s parents are currently focused on arranging their daughter’s funeral. “Let the police handle the legal proceedings against the murderer,” Joomsri said.

 

Justice Ministry deputy permanent secretary Tawatchai Thaikyo said such matters could be brought before a Thai court even when the suspect is a foreigner and the crime is committed overseas.

 

“The court can render verdicts in such cases and also order compensation be paid to victims,” he said.

 

For the past 15 years Lamduan has lain buried in a churchyard in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, a town close to where she was found, the service paid for by the local parish. 

 

The gravestone bears a plaque that reads, “The Lady of the Hills. Found September 20, 2004. Name Not Known. Rest in Peace.”

 

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Photo: BBC

 

 

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If the issue is a case of respectfully dealing with the remains in a culturally appropriate (i.e.Thai) manner, by all means allow the body to be exhumed, prepared and transported to Thailand at the parents' expense. I might have thought said remains have already been respectfully dealt with. Merit can surely be made appropriately in a less intrusive manner in situ.

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He's hardly likely to say oh yes it was me I done it is he !

He could have driven her out into middle of nowhere at night and kicked her out of the vehicle without adequate clothing etc to survive the cold depending on the time of year .

Pretty odd he left to return to here and didn't seem bothered about his missing wife and nobody questioned where she suddenly went !

 

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Lamduan’s parents, worried when she no longer called them, sold off their cattle and land to finance a search.

 

7 hours ago, webfact said:

“We spent Bt330,000 and found nothing,” Joomsri said earlier this year. 

what a horrible thing to not know where your child is. I am not a parent, but I worry when I put my cat outside.

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20 minutes ago, Khun Paul said:

We have British Forensics stating she was not physically assaulted therefore possibly poisoned or drugged. Died of Hypothermia and an open verdict. No doubt the Police did conduct an investigation at the time and as the identity was unknown , Mr Armitage may or may not have been involved. If as he states she left to go back to Thailand, then his belief was just that .

Now we have THAI authorities stating we can try the case and demand compensation, I do love their Micky Mouse utterances and suggest they look at the law. No offence committed here, the only link is that she is Thai , that is all.

 

Unlike here the British Police are thorough, HM Coroners are not stupid either , no other evidence available , so they have nothing to go on, only hearsay and  

stories. But as this is Thailand I would suggest Mr Armitage leave before he then gets arrested and held for an  indeterminate time while the Thai Authorities ( RTP ) conjure up a loaded case against him. As for compensation, sounds good but do not hold your breath. 

What a joke. Those Keystone Brit cops had a dead asian lady and an asian lady disappear 25 miles apart. Yet couldn't connect the dots. Was it 2004 or 1804? No doubt family and/or friends had it figured out. They lived with the husbend's family for bloody sake. A bit of foot work by the Keystones would have flushed that out. 

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4 hours ago, balo said:

 

Ok so now we also have a witness who talked to the woman on the phone before she was killed.  This just strengthen the evidence against the husband.

 

The police really need to interrogate him about his movements in 2004.   

..those rock pools behind him in the photo would be the first place to look..hmm.

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55 minutes ago, GoodieAfterDark said:

This is a huge misunderstanding. This bubala is a very, very good man, good man as teacher, good man as a murder?

right.

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