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Koh Samui murder: Police interview British fitness trainer seen arguing with Ukrainian victim

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Koh Samui murder: Police interview British fitness trainer seen arguing with Ukrainian victim

Further details have emerged in a murder enquiry after a 32 year old Ukrainian woman was found dead in a wooded area of Maret, Koh Samui at the weekend.

Thai Rath reported that the victim had struck up a relationship with a 47 year old British fitness trainer and had told her Ukrainian husband two months ago that she was taking their 10 year old to go and live with him.

But it appears that the new relationship was a stormy one. The media reported that the victim suffered from bipolar disorder for which she took regular medication to control aggressive behavior.

Shortly before her disappearance on May 25th Bo Phut police understand that the victim had gone to return a motorcycle she had rented but had not had 2,000 baht to pay. She had consequently left her passport at the shop while she went to pawn her phone to get funds.

She returned to the shop some time later on the back of a motorcycle driven by the British man.

The owner of the shop returned the passport but told police that the couple were arguing.

Pol Lt-Col Thanongsak Aksornsom questioned the British man on Monday with Thai Rath reporting that he was a suspect in the case.

In further developments Surat Thani deputy chief Pol Col Wirun Suwannawong led a team to the woods where the body was found for a reexamination of the area. This time a drink’s bottle and a pair of earrings were found that belonged to the victim.

An autopsy at the police hospital is underway to determine the cause of death said Pol Col Wirun.

The decomposing body of the victim was found off a gravel path on Friday by a man out foraging for mushrooms. Scared, he ran off but later returned to the scene with friends who alerted the authorities.

A green “Ferrari” bag containing a purse with 700 baht found at the scene was identified by the Ukrainian husband as belonging to his ex.

The Ukrainian couple had been married for 12 years and had a 10 year old son. They had lived on Koh Samui for 5 years. The husband is a freelance photographer with a presence on Facebook.

After the wife announced she was leaving divorce proceedings began.

Investigations continue.

Source: Thai Rath

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