The results of the autopsy indicate that the Colombian surgeon Edwin Arrieta died after being slit by the young Spanish Daniel Sancho, as assured on Monday by the number two of the Thai Police, Surachate Hakparn, in charge of the investigation of the crime committed. last August 2.
“We already have the definitive results of the autopsy. They first quarreled, according to evidence at the (crime) scene. Daniel punched him, then the doctor (Arrieta) fell and hit his head against the sink, but he did not die at that moment, but when (Sancho) began to cut his throat, according to forensics, “he said in a interview with EFE the deputy director of the Thai Police, nicknamed Big Joke.
Sancho, son and grandson of the Spanish actors Rodolfo Sancho and Sancho Gracia, has been in provisional detention in the Koh Samui prison, in southern Thailand, since August 7, after confessing to the murder of Arrieta.
Last Tuesday, the Thai police concluded at a press conference that Arrieta’s murder was premeditated and that Sancho had stabbed him before dismembering him. In the call, in which they closed the case, they recognized that there were still some fringes, such as the results of the autopsy. Last Friday, Suteep Chadakarn, an agent involved in the investigation of the case, assured that they were still looking for the parts of the victim’s body and that eight of the 17 parts in which he was initially dismembered had already been found. According to this agent, they still had to investigate more witnesses.
The investigators recounted the alleged motives that Daniel Sancho, 29, offered to explain the murder of Edwin Arrieta, 44. “Daniel has confessed that he killed Edwin because he wanted to leave the relationship and Edwin did not want it that way,” said Surachate Hakparn. , known in the country as Big Joke.
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The police do not consider that any other person has participated in the crime, since they have not found any traces of DNA or images in the surrounding cameras.
Sancho and Arrieta had met on August 2 in Koh Phangan, a very touristy island known for hosting the full moon party, in which the beaches are crowded with people celebrating with music until dawn. The remains of the deceased have been found in various areas of the island, including a landfill, and in the sea.
The researchers exhibited last week a series of explanatory panels about their work. They contained frames from security cameras from supermarkets in the area in which a person with characteristics similar to Daniel Sancho appeared, and whose face had been covered in the image with a black band; There were also photographs in the vacation apartment where the crime occurred, such as a bathroom, a kitchen, or the inside of a closet, in which a safe was located. In one of them, Daniel Sancho can be seen sitting on his haunches with his back turned, while another person from the research team, wearing a red shirt, appears lying on the ground. In another, the researcher is standing, dressed and in a shower.
Silvia Bronchalo, the mother of Daniel Sancho, visited her son in a Thai prison this Friday. “No one is prepared to receive news like this,” she maintained on the way out. “Daniel is much better, he is calm, they are treating him very well, and well, just hope that everything is resolved very calmly,” added Bronchalo. Sancho finished the 10-day isolation period stipulated by the covid-19 protocol on Thursday, and since then he has been able to receive a daily visit of about 15 minutes.
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The investigators have to deliver their report to the Prosecutor’s Office to set the trial date. “We have consulted with the prosecutor about some of the evidence and it is strong enough to charge him with premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty,” Hakparn said last week. Thai legislation, especially severe, punishes murders and homicides with three types of penalties, depending on the circumstances. The most serious is the death sentence, although it also contemplates life imprisonment or up to 20 years in prison. Although it is not uncommon for Thai justice to impose the maximum sentence, in most cases it is not executed and is commuted to life imprisonment.
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