Witch Doctor convicted of murder of Thai-Danish woman

The Appeals Court in Thailand on Monday sentenced a Thai witch doctor to six years in prison for the murder of Duangsamorn, who had lived in Denmark over twenty years before she in 2011 went back on New Years Eve.

The provincial court of Samitprakarn had last year dismissed the case against the witch doctor because the prosecutors crown witnesses – Duangsamorn’s parents – had made too many conflicting statements about what happened during Duangsamorn’s last few tragic days, where she was tortured to death.

Cause of death was according to the autopsy violent beating of her body causing a broken rib bone to rupture her liver. But according to ScandAsia’s research immediately after the killing, the beating was likely not by the witch doctor. The  police report from the crime scene was done by Duangsamorn’s parents son-in-law. And a doctor, who had examined the victim two days before she was brought to the witch doctor was never heard. And the financial element was never investigated.

Read the first account of the bizarre case here: http://scandasia.com/10816-murder-case-dismissed-in-killing-of-thai-woman-from-denmark/

After the provincial court last year ruled that the witch doctor had not caused her death the prosecutor appealed the verdict. This Monday, immediately after the judge had pronounced the six months jail sentence of the witch doctor, but upheld the dismissal of the case against his assistant, the by now quite frail old man was put in hand cuffs and taken into custody.

According to his lawyer, the verdict on Monday will be appealed to the last court for a final verdict. This is expected to take another five years. Meanwhile, the witch doctor will remain in remand prison, unless the family can raise 400.000 THB, which is the bail set by the court. His daughter appeals for help from Duangsamorn’s friends in Denmark to raise this amount. She can be reached through me, Gregers Moller – gregers@scandasia.com

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