Today, august 25 Akkaradej Tankae was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of
Swedish Hanna Bäcklund, 26, in
on March 15, writes the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.
“The punishment for murder was changed from death to life imprisonment because
Akkaradej Tankae admitted the crime fully”, said the judge to the Thai press.
Hanna Bäcklund was found dead on the beach on March 15 2008.
Four days later the police arrested Akkaradej Tankae, 31. He was caught near
the border to
He then admitted the offence.
A few days after the murder
minister of tourism Weeresak Kowsurat, 43, made a visit to Phuket and said that
the site would be made safer.
“We believe and hope that this is an individual event and not an accurate
picture of Phuket today. But we are going to increase security, “said
Weeresak Kowsurat to Aftonbladet March 17, 2008.