Murderer of Swiss tourist in Phuket sentenced to life imprisonment

The Thai man who murdered the Swiss vacationer at a Phuket waterfall last year has been sentenced to life in prison by the Phuket Court. 28 12 months outdated Teerawat Thothip was initially sentenced to death, however it was then decreased to life imprisonment on circumstance that Teerawat confessed to investigators.
The body of 57 yr previous sufferer Nicole Sauvain Weisskopf, the deputy protocol chief of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland, was found at a creek near the Ao Yon waterfall in August 2021. Thought-provoking covered her physique and she or he was solely wearing a T-shirt and jacket. Her shorts and underwear have been found nearby.
Teerawat was within the forest collecting wild orchids and plants when he noticed the Swiss woman sitting on a rock by a stream together with her ft in the water. At first, he supposed to rape her. Reports say he attacked her from the again and grabbed her neck in a chokehold. She reportedly fought again and they both fell into the water.
Teerawat strangled her till she was unconscious after which took off her pants and underwear. According to reports in Thai media, Teerawat didn’t have sexual feelings after turning the lady round and seeing that she was useless. He then covered the physique with a black plastic sheet, took 300 baht from the physique, and fled.
Yesterday, the Phuket Provincial Court introduced the judgment and invited the victim’s family in Switzerland to join through video conference. The courtroom found Teerawat responsible of murder and sentenced him to dying, however given that Teerawat confessed to the crimes throughout questioning, the penalty was commuted to life imprisonment.
Weisskopf had entered Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox reopening scheme, which had just launched a month prior and was the first entry programme permitting an different to quarantine since the start of the pandemic. Following the homicide of the Sandbox tourist, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha known as on authorities to expedite the investigation as nicely as enhance the protection on the island..

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