Murder Suspect of Dismembered Spaniard Arrested in Cambodia
Feb 08, 2016 07:14 PM EST
Cambodian authorities arrested the main suspect of the horrific manslaughter of a Spanish man whose body was dismembered in Bangkok, Thailand.
Yahoo News reported that the suspect identified as Artur Segarra Princep, 36, was apprehended Sunday evening in the Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville for the murder of David Bernat, said the regional police Chief Gen. Chuon Narin.
The news source narrated that the chief of police said they received a request from Thai police for the arrest of Segarra who checked in into a guesthouse in Cambodia few days earlier after he fled Thailand following the recovery of Bernat's dismembered body from Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.
According to autopsy, Bernat died between January 25 and 27 from asphyxia, as per report of International Business Times in UK. The police speculated that the victim was abducted, tortured and forced to transfer a large amount of money from his bank account before being killed. Investigations disclosed that Segarra had withdrawn money from various ATM in Thailand.
Pritsana Saen-ubol, 22, Segarra's girlfriend, testified that the suspect fled on his motorcycle after seeing his picture on news channel. Over the weekend, reports reached authorities that the get-away motorcycle was found close to Thai border. On Sunday, Immigration Bureau chief Pol. Lt. Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn had requested his Cambodian counterpart Gen. Sokphai to help look for the wanted Spaniard, IBTimes said.
Daily Mail shared that the multiple body parts of businessman Bernat were found floating in Bangkok's Chao Praya river last month. Police believe he was kidnapped and murdered for financial reasons, as investigators tracked more than $1 million withdrawn from the victim's bank account after his death.
The wide Chao Praya curves its way through Bangkok, which boasts a large network of canals, and it is not unusual for bodies to be dumped in the city's waterways. But it is uncommon for a foreigner to encounter such a horrid fate, the news source observed.
Segarra was later handed over by the Cambodian authorities to Thai police in the eastern province of Trat.