Brit accused of killing bar girl in 2014 approved for extradition

FILE PHOTO: The European Court of Human Rights approved Shane Looker's extradition to Thailand to face murder charges.

In 2014, a British man is alleged to have arrived in Thailand, killed and dismembered a woman 2 days later, and fled to Spain. This week, the European Court of Human Rights approved the man’s extradition to Thailand to be prosecuted for the horrific murder. The man is accused of murdering a Thai prostitute in Kanchanaburi and dumping her body in a river before fleeing to Ibiza.

The ECHR decision upholds the ruling of the Spanish High Court that Shane Kenneth Looker, the alleged murderer, should be sent back to Thailand to face charges. Looker is 47 years old and from the United Kingdom originally, though he appears to have been living in Ibiza since the crime. Thai authorities have been calling for his extradition since 2015.

Looker was arrested in June of 2017 in Ibiza after an international warrant for his arrest was issued. He had long been known to be living in Ibiza and is said to be a partner in a hotel on the party island. A year after his arrest, the Spanish National Court ruled in July that he would face extradition to Thailand for punishment. Thai authorities had to guarantee that Looker would not be treated inhumanely or be given capital punishment.

Another year after the Spanish court’s ruling, Looker filed an October 2019 complaint pleading not to be extradited back to Thailand. The ECHR met in Strasbourg and ruled against his request, approving the extradition.

Thai police reports state that he arrived in Bangkok on Halloween night, October 31 in 2014 before travelling to Kanchanaburi. There, on only his second night in Thailand, in the early hours of November 2nd, he killed a 27 year old woman in her own room. She was reportedly working as a prostitute.

Looker is accused of then dismembering the body and stuffing it into a suitcase, before dumping her remains in the Mae Klong River in the western border province of Kanchanaburi. After disposing of the body and evidence, he left Thailand on November 27 and moved to Ibiza.

SOURCE: Thailand News

Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. Killed innocent woman then flew back to mummy, lol , most people like him are everywhere in Thailand masquerading as legit , I’m.sure he also came for the temples and beaches lol.

    Most of this so called European & Americans are into big crimes everywhere but they do know how to hide .

  2. @Gernet – Crap, most Europeans & Americans are NOT into big crimes everywhere.
    YOU are into stupid comments on the Internet.
    Most Europeans and Americans just come to Thailand for a a vacation and to have a good time. Most have no intention of harming any Thais.
    However there are plenty of Thais intent of harming them . . .

  3. @Amonwan –

    “When did you last hear of a woman doing something so repugnant?”

    A few years ago actually in Phuket.

    A Thai women married a British man, he was a retired university lecturer.

    He bought her a bar in Phuket, it was very successful.

    She paid two Thai men to kill him, they used machetes.

  4. Seems strange that they can find and extradite this scumbag back to Thailand to face the consequences of his crimes, and if found guilty, I hope he suffers for it. Yet they haven’t even bothered to bring back the rich boy who killed a Police Officer years ago, why is that hey??

  5. @Nigel. Nothing “racist” in what @garnet wrote. If you had read the reports from the south of the country and the islands pre covid, most of the problems involving violence were either Europeans or Poms. You were the one doing the ranting.

  6. I hope they have solid evidence and I hope the court/jury hasn’t convicted him pre trial like most here.
    The extradition no doubt required evidence and if guilty it’s a pity death sentence is off the table. Probably bribe his way out with pmt to family.

  7. @Toby Andrews – These “Gernet”, “Gosport” are incognito Chinese wumaos. And as any wumao worth his salt they assume westernized usernames. They don’t miss an opportunity such as the one afforded by this article.

  8. @FrederickHobbs – so you don’t think the EU should be commended for sending back this monster to serve hopefully a very long sentence in a vile prison ? Whats your point ?

  9. I wonder if he had some criminal history back home! Here in the US the Thai Embassy requires a Criminal Backgrond check at the State/Federal level. Yes, yes I realize Thailand had a problem with foreign pedofiles but really many of this scum fly under the radar. Incidentally requiring a ‘criminal background” check for a 3 month visa may be unique to Thailand. Does anyone know another country that requires one for such a short time? I mean a year, longer or immigration I can see but 90 days? REALLY!?

  10. @FrederickHobbs – He’s been living in Ibiza – part of the EU you know – so he has to follow EU laws. Just as we expect any EU citizen living in the UK to follow ours. Brexit isn’t a free ticket to flaunt the laws when we are in another country.

  11. The guy kills her on November 2nd and doesn’t leave Thailand until Nov. 27th. Great police work, guys. Wonder what he got up to between the 2nd and 27th? Any other working girls go missing at that time?

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