Finnish expat found dead with throat cut in Chon Buri

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A Finnish expat was found dead with his throat cut in Thailand’s Chon Buri province this morning. His Thai wife, 49 year old Aranya Srisaeng, told police that she was the first person to find the body of her husband, 57 year old Markku Tapanni Karjalainen. His death was reported at 8.30am.

Karjalainen had lived with Aranya in a single-storey house in the Bang Saray sub-district of Sattahip district.

According to Aranya’s statements, she and Karjalainen had been living together for five years without registering their marriage. Her husband had returned to Finland for a few years, but he came back about nine months ago and decided to buy a house.

This morning, Karjalainen had woken up at around 6am, and Aranya had made him coffee and oatmeal while he smoked and watched TV as usual, The Pattaya News reported. Aranya then left to take her relative to school.

When Aranya returned, she found Karjalainen dead in bed with a chopping knife on his chest.

Police said the Finnish expat was wearing only a pair of underpants and had a deep cut to his throat, which had severed his windpipe.

Authorities and rescuers arrived to find Aranya sitting in the room and crying.

Aranya reported that he had been discussing suicide due to domestic issues in his homeland.

Sattahip police are questioning Aranya, while Karjalainen’s body has been taken to the Police General Hospital in Bangkok for autopsy. Police are with the Finnish Embassy to contact relatives.

Neighbours reportedly told the police that the couple often argued.


Pattaya News

Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.