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Hitman arrested over 14 year old cold-case murder in Pattaya of NZ businessman

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An arrest has been made in a 14 year old Pattaya cold case following the arrest of a Thai man who allegedly murdered a New Zealander in 2006. 40 year old Yiamwut Julapong, aka. Pokpong, is now in custody in Phetchabun province after a raid led by Crime Suppression Division. ‘Pokpong’ was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by Pattaya Court back in April 2006, on charges of murder and illegal possession of carrying a gun in public.

He is accused of conspiring with Jintana Wichachai and Varathip Kasawong to kill NZ businessman and bodybuilder Stephen Miller. Mr. Miller was Ms. Wichachai’s husband, according to police reports at the time (the reports claim the couple were living together as husband and wife for 5 months). He was shot dead while riding his motorbike on the way to the gym near a golf driving range in Bang Lamung district on April 20, 2006.

Mr. Miller had been a well-known bodybuilder at the Sparta Health and Fitness Centre in Napier, New Zealand, before leaving for Thailand in 2003.

According to Bangkok Post, Mr. Miller allegedly produced unapproved steroids for sale and export with Ms. Wichachai helping him send the packages to foreign customers and collect the money from the illegal sales. In her statement at the time of her arrest, she said they dated for about 5 months but Mr. Miller “did not treat her well”. She described him as a “butterfly” and said he had tried to take back gifts he had given her, including a car and land.

She confessed to conspiring in his murder. She told the courts that Mr. Miller “frequently assaulted her and had threatened to take back the valuables he had given to her”. She thought he was going to walk out on her, became very dissatisfied and decided kill him.

Mr. Yiamwut and Varathip were approached to “help”. The 3 planned Mr. Miller’s murder.

Jintana and Varathip were later arrested. Reports in Thai media at the time suggested she also had a Thai husband. They both pointed the finger at Mr Yiamwut, claiming he was the person who shot Mr. Miller dead. Thai media reported that the payment for the hit was a gold necklace.

Mr Yiamwut has denied any involvement in the crime and is being sent back to Pattaya for further prosecution.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    DT

    November 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    I knew Steve and this article contains a lot of hear say by the accused. His murder was nothing more than the greed of a person. He was a good man RIP.

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      DJS

      November 16, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      Steve was a great friend of ours and was on his way to meet my husband when he was murdered. The police answered his phone when my husband called him to see where he was and he had to identify Steve’s body. Steve was the most loving and beautiful person we knew. They all lied to cover their asses and there’s no way Steve assaulted his girlfriend.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 16, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    All the pathetic excuses you gives to have a man murdered!
    She deserves all they give her. I hope it is life in prison.

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      Issan John

      November 16, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      AFAIK it was, back in 2006 when she was arrested and confessed.

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    preesy chepuce

    November 16, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    “She thought he was going to walk out on her, became very dissatisfied and decided kill him.”
    Let’s just run by that one again…
    “became very dissatisfied and decided kill him.”
    One more time…
    “very dissatisfied”
    Yes, the customer service must have been appalling. …what a sentence.

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    Perceville Smithers

    November 17, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Couldn’t just leave the guy? How attached can a person become after 5 mos?

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    Geoff

    November 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Over the years,there have been many farangs killed by members of their Thai families. All have one thing in common – money and greed.

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    Issan John

    November 17, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    In terms of the number of farangs married to Thais, I’d love to know just HOW MANY you consider to be “many”.

    Any idea, or are you just making it up as you go along?

    This was an appalling murder, purely for greed, but the idea that this is some sort of regular occurrence or that it’s any more likely with Thais than anyone else is just bar stool stupidity.

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