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One more suspect in the murder of novice monk arrested

Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial police have arrested a fourth suspect in the murder of a novice monk and the burying of his body under the ground paved with cement floor and a Buddha statue on top.

The fourth suspect was identified as Natee Sidorn, alias Benz, 24.

Police accused him of having a role in the burying of the body of the novice monk two metres under the ground.

Police said he was paid 10,000 baht to bury the body.

The body was retrieved after police used backhoe to demolish the surface of cement floor and cement block where the body was underneath. On top of the cement floor, the suspects also placed a Buddha statue for people to worship.

Earlier three suspects were arrested.The key suspect admitted of the murder, and the burying of the body under the ground paved with cement floor. In addition, with the permission of the temple, he also placed the statute on the paved cement floor to conceal the body.

Police suspected more than eight people were involved in the burying of the body.

So far four were arrested.

Police have also sought cooperation from the Anti Money Laundering Office to impound the assets of the couple, a former monk and his wife who were key suspects after finding them having cash in several bank accounts amounted to over 40 million baht.

They suspected that the large amount of cash came from business inside the temple, and the murder might be stemmed from the slain novice monk knowing something in the business.

The victim was earlier claimed to have stolen a handbag of a female suspect containing cash and gold ornaments.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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