A Briton and a South African who were suspected to be involved in the killing of a British web designer in Pattaya on Tuesday January 24 have escaped into Cambodia on the same day, police said on Wednesday.
The two suspects were identified as Miles Dicken Turner, a 27-year old British national and 23-year old South African named Abel Caldeira Bonito.
The victim, Tony Kenway, was shot dead behind the steering wheel of his Porsche in Pattaya with a single bullet on his head by a lone gunman who escaped in a waiting motorcycle after the incident.
Pattaya police said they found an abandoned motorcycle with license plate number 1 kor lor 7994 in Soi Pattaya Park. Police traced the motorbike to a rental service whose proprietor said he rented the vehicle to Turner.
Police later traced the suspect to his apartment room and found out that he had already checked out. All immigration checkpoints were alerted to look out for Turner, but the alert came too late as the suspect had already crossed the border into Cambodia through Klongyai border crossing in Trat province.
Meanwhile, police managed to identify the suspected gunman from video footages as Abel Caldeira Bonito, a South African, who crossed the border into Thailand from Cambodia through the border crossing in Klongyai on December 19 and escaped through the same border crossing on Tuesday at about 3 pm.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)