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Family of Thai murder victim alleges affair with Swiss man’s wife

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: The family of the Thai victim beat to death alleges an affair with Swiss man's wife. (via Sanook)

The family of the Thai man who was beaten to death in Udon Thani, allegedly by a Swiss man, has spoken up, saying they believe the killing was over a romantic affair. In previous reports, the Swiss national allegedly told police that he acted in self-defence after the Thai man had entered his home wielding a gun and demanded money.

When police arrived at the scene, the 53 year old man was dead. Rope was tied to his hands and feet. 63 year old Swiss man, Rudolf Joseph, reportedly tied him up in case he regained consciousness and attacked again.

According to Pattaya News, family members of the deceased Thai man say they believe this had nothing to do with money and everything to do with an alleged long-term affair between the victim and Rudolf’s wife.

They reportedly said that the man had recently sold land and came into a considerable amount of money, so they don’t believe the incident was about money. His mother and uncle tell the story of the victim losing his wife and children as a result of the affair he had been having with Rudolf’s wife for 2 to 3 years.

They say that the victim went to the house the night of his murder because the Thai wife had called him and invited him in. But once he entered the house, a fight began between the husband and the Thai man.

The gun the Thai man had been carrying was legally purchased as a second-hand gun about a year ago. Autopsy reports show he died of a liver rupture that could be a result of the beating.

After the initial investigation, the Swiss man was charged with assaulting others to death and the Thai victim was charged posthumously with trespassing, carrying a firearm in public, and attempted murder. The Udon Thani police will continue investigating the incident and gathering evidence.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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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.

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