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Thai police say slain Spaniard's DNA found in suspect's home

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Thai police say slain Spaniard's DNA found in suspect's home

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BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Friday they have found bloodstains and DNA from a Spanish victim in the apartment of the Spanish man who was arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering him.

Police Gen. Panya Mamen said Friday the investigation of the death of David Bernat is 80 percent complete and police are confident they can prosecute Artur Segarra Princep on charges of premeditated murder and concealing a body. Segarra has acknowledged knowing Bernat but denied killing him, police said earlier.

"Now we are just completing the pieces," Panya said.

Police believe Segarra held Bernat against his will and tortured him to force him to transfer as much as 37 million baht ($1.05 million) to his bank account, then killed him and chopped up his body to try to conceal the crime.

On Wednesday, Panya said police found a freezer in Segarra's Bangkok home that they believed was used to store the body, along with what he described as "a book with instructions on how to dismember body parts."

Panya said Friday that police haven't found the weapon used in the crime and some of the victim's belongings. They also don't yet know where the body parts of the victim were originally dumped. They were retrieved over several days from Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

He also said police are still investigating whether the suspect had accomplices. Police can apply to the courts for permission to hold a suspect for up to 84 days without sending the case for prosecution.

Panya said interrogations had been productive, and that the suspect's Thai girlfriend had been pointing out locations that were useful for the investigation. She is not suspected of taking part in the crime.

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"Now we are just completing the pieces," Panya said.

The double entendre of this statement have put me in overdrive.... but I do not want to be censored by TVPolice again!!!

Let's suffice that it is rather a set piece...body (part/s) located, suspect identified, somehow bits of the deceased are located at/near a property the suspect has frequented, DNA located at suspect's address, at least one party is identified as a foreigner, Shackles, High Court, more death

Panya said interrogations had been productive, and that the suspect's Thai girlfriend had been pointing out locations that were useful for the investigation.

And this one has the added set piece of a Thai girlfriend pointing and being helpful....

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"a book with instructions on how to dismember body parts."

An essential addition to everyones library. Filed just next to the other essential books "how to dispose of a body in a river" and book No 3 of the collection "how to get caught for murder by leaving books 1 & 2 at the crime scene"

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He should have watched the American TV series Dexter, this excuse for a human days are numbered and no one will object to his execution!

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Money makes people to commit the crime. Money makes people to blame innocent for the crime. Money makes travesty of justice. Money makes crime. Money dehumanize humans. Money is a crime.

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99.9 % sure the Girlfriend was involved somehow some way and far more than she is saying or admitting as it is / was all about the money.

I am certain, in this case, the Suspect will take the blame for everything and the Thai women will walk away Scott Free and go on with her life as if nothing at all happened....

And probably end up dating one of the police officers attached to the case

Cheers

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So assuming he gets found guilty (looks nailed on at this point), does Spain have some kind of deal with Thailand about shipping prisoners back home? Assuming he gets lifed off, just curious as to how long he will do here before being shipped back, if indeed they have an agreement and he doesn't do it all here.

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I have been trying to check that book out of the library for weeks........Now I know.....

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I'm amazed to see posts joking about such an awful situation. You do realize what the victim went through, don't you?

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99.9 % sure the Girlfriend was involved somehow some way and far more than she is saying or admitting as it is / was all about the money.

I am certain, in this case, the Suspect will take the blame for everything and the Thai women will walk away Scott Free and go on with her life as if nothing at all happened....

And probably end up dating one of the police officers attached to the case

Cheers

I have the same thought, she is being helpfull pointing out locations, but she didn't see him didn't do it, how she know?

Her co-operation and non involvement may have been expensive for her,Im sure Art would have paid thip money from the several million she helped him withdraw, oh but she think he just a rich man.

Anyway she would not want this money as it is bad money in asian culture it is bad luck money so no problem handing it over.

The Nation reports DNA found in apartment of two men and four women, maybe Art lured his mate in for a bit of girly fun time.

I do not think that it was a solo effort at all.

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Unravelling by the day !

his contemplation in solitary confinement will do wonders for what could have been and whats actually going to be.

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I'm amazed to see posts joking about such an awful situation. You do realize what the victim went through, don't you?

yup. a freezer and around 25kms of the chao praya river......apparently.

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Just wondering,have there ever been executions of Western foreigners in Thailand?if there has,i've never read about it,perhaps some of you could enlighten me.

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Personally, I am shocked that the RTP have not found the victim's phone yet, that is usually enough to put a suspect to death here.

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