Three karaoke bar girls wanted by Khon Kaen provincial police for alleged involvement in the murder and dismembering their colleague were flown from Chiang Rai province to Bangkok this afternoon for interrogation.
The three suspects, identified as Ms Preeyanut Prew Nonewangchai, Ms Kawita Earn Ratchada and Ms Apiwan Jae Sattayabundit, reportedly turned themselves to Myanmar police who eventually handed them over to their Thai counterpart.
Ms Preeyanut reportedly told the Thai police that the three of them hid themselves in an unoccupied house in Thachilek, opposite Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district.
A Thai man reportedly helped arrange for their escape from a karaoke bar in Thachilek after Myanmar police, immigration and migration officials launched a hunt for them at the request of the Thai Joint Border Committee.
The trio were escorted from Chiang Rai to Bangkok by Pol Lt-Gen Natthatorn Prohsunthorn, commission of Immigration Bureau, and Pol Maj-Gen Charoenwit Srivanich, deputy commissioner of 4th Regional Police Bureau. They were flown from Mae Fah Luang airport to Bangkok and to be brought to the Royal Thai Police to be personally questioned by Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, the national police chief.
A press conference will be given by the police chief after 3 pm today.
Earlier, a man and a woman were arrested by the police. The man, Wasin Namprom, was reported to be the driver of a Honda CRV utility car who, together with the three karaoke bar girls, drove the victim, Ms Warisara Klinjui, 22, also a karaoke bar girl, from a bar. The woman, Ms Jidarat Promkun, reportedly sold the smartphone stolen by the three assailants from the victim.
Both Wasin and Jidarat denied any involvement in the murder or dismembering of the victim.
The three female suspects allegedly beat and choked the victim to death in the car and took her body to a resort in Khon Kaen where they dismembered her body and disposed the body parts in the wood to conceal the evidence.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)