NAKHON SAWAN: A woman and her friend have been arrested for allegedly plotting to have her Danish husband killed in a staged road crash so that they can seize his B10-million insurance payout. The husband survived but is critically injured.
Ms Pratheep Larsen, 48, and Ms Jaemchan Khamkaew, 60, were arrested on warrants issued by the Nakhon Sawan provincial court for hiring a third party to murder Pia Larsen, 63, said Pol Maj Gen Atthasit Sudsa-nguan, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 6, during a media briefing announcing the capture of the two women.
Ekkasit Wichacharn, 24, was allegedly hired by the two to run over Mr Larsen with his car. He was also arrested, reports the Bangkok Post.
The crash happened on a local road in tambon Bueng Platu, Banphot Phisai district of Nakhon Sawan on Apr 21, said Pol Maj Gen Atthasit.
Local police found a Toyota with a Lampang licence plate plunged into a roadside paddy field with its front damaged at the scene. A badly damaged bicycle was found 10 metres away from the vehicle.
A police investigation found Mr Ekkasit rear ended the bicycle Mr Larsen was riding.
While the crash initially appeared to be an accident, police investigators detected several suspicious elements to this case after examining evidence and carrying out a re-enactment with the driver. Further inspection led authorities to believe the crash was deliberate.
After intense questioning, Mr Ekkasit admitted to having been hired by Ms Jaemchan to carry out the attempt on Mr Larsen’s life. The Danish man was seriously injured but survived the incident. He is being treated at Sri Sawan Hospital.
After the plot was exposed, investigators collected further evidence before questioning Ms Jaemchan.
Ms Pratheep was eventually implicated as the mastermind behind the scheme and was accused of hiring Ms Jaemchan, an older friend, for B500,000 to contract a killer for her husband so she could then claim his insurance payout.
The Danish man and Ms Pratheep previously resided in Denmark and have two children. Returning to Ms Pratheep’s home province of Nakhon Sawan, the couple purchased several land plots worth a combined 20 million baht before settling down in the province.
It was reported that they had begun to quarrel recently, and Ms Pratheep had asked for a divorce and for their assets to be divided. After being refused, Ms Pratheep reached out to Ms Jaemchan, who had been accused of contract killing 10 years prior but had the charges dropped.
Ms Jaemchan promised her nephew, Mr Ekkasit, a new car if he successfully carried out the murder. Police said that Ms Jaemchan had since given her nephew B10,000 for car repairs.