Connect with us

Phuket

English squire murdered, then burned

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

English squire murdered, then burned | Thaiger

PETCHABURI (The Nation): An English country squire was killed and his body burnt on a charcoal fire after he divorced his Thai wife because of her gambling debts.

After being burned, the body of Toby Charnaud, 41, was then dismembered and parts scattered in Kaeng Krachan national park, a court in Phetchaburi was told on Monday.

Charnaud had sold Latimer Farm near Chippenham in Wiltshire, after falling in love with a bargirl in Bangkok. He went to live in Hua Hin, where he bought two bars to run with his new wife, Pannada.

But after he took Pannada home to visit his parents in Britain, the marriage began to fall apart. Charnaud eventually divorced Pannada because of her gambling debts, giving her a 777,000-baht settlement. They shared custody of their five-year-old son.

In April last year Pannada, 35, reported Charnaud missing to police, but in court on Monday she admitted she had lied; on March 27 last year she had in fact helped five relatives and friends from her home province of Yasothon in the Northeast to dispose of his body.

Pannada denied premeditated murder and being an accomplice to murder but Boontin Puipong, Sattri Sripatum and Nipit Satabut admitted murder with provocation. They have said they were provoked because Charnaud had interrupted them while they were drinking whisky.

Pannada said, “I was at the market and returned home to find my ex-husband dead.”

All four were also charged with possessing a gun in a public place, deceiving police, and concealing the body.

Two other defendants, Somsak Papai and Wisan Samaksri, denied all charges. Their only involvement, they said, was that they moved Charnaud’s car after the murder.

In Britain, after Charnaud was reported missing, his sister Hannah Allen and his parents, Jeremy, 67, and Sarah, 65, became suspicious. They hired a Thailand-based Scottish private detective, who checked mobile-phone records and discovered that Toby had been at his ex-wife’s house on the day he supposedly disappeared.

When police raided the house, two of the defendants confessed and led police to where they had dumped the body parts.

Toby Charnaud had arrived to visit his five-year-old son Daniel, Phetchaburi Provincial Court was told. At first the relatives and friends of Pannada tried to kill him with a long-barrelled hunting musket but it misfired. They then clubbed him to death with an iron bar and wooden staves.

They burned his body on a charcoal fire, using 20 kilograms of charcoal they had bought earlier in the day. They then cut up the charred body and distributing the parts around Kaeng Krachan National Park on the Thai-Burma border.

The Charnaud family’s lawyer, Boonchu Yensabai, who is jointly prosecuting the defendants said: “The only motive can be that Pannada expected to inherit everything through their son. If she is acquitted of conspiracy to murder, we will appeal.”

In a letter to the court, Mrs Sarah Charnaud said: “For me, his mother, one of the worst horrors of his death is the fact that the first attempt to kill him failed and he would have been aware of his murderers making their fatal attack. His fear and concern for his son would have been overwhelming.

“Toby was a wonderful father to his son and it is so unfair that a small boy has been deprived of a great father and a father has been deprived of seeing his son grow up.

” It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that this woman was behind the murder of the father of her child.

“I trust the court will judge fairly and also understand that I cannot be there to hear the defence downgrade the value of human life and to hear more details of my son’s horrific death.”

Gentleman farmer Toby Charnaud predicted his own death in a short story competition organized by a magazine in Bangkok, his sister Hannah Allen believes.

The story, entitled Rainfall, is about a British man called Guy who falls in love with a Thai woman and whose life then falls apart.

She does not come home at nights. She builds up gambling debts. Eventually he is murdered by his best Thai friend, who – though Guy does not know this – is one of his wife’s lovers.

The story won first prize.

Said his mother, “The story is eerie. I am sure he had his suspicions.”

The case was adjourned until September 6.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Phuket resort land encroachment case; OnlyFans arrest calls for reform| Sep 27

Thailand5 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 10,288 new cases; provincial totals

Guides6 hours ago

Local resturants you can’t miss when travelling to Ayutthaya

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Thailand reduces quarantine to 7 days for fully vaccinated arrivals from October

World7 hours ago

Australian official suggests borders may re-open by Christmas

Thailand7 hours ago

Gilligan’s Island, Farangs, Grammar and Onlyfans | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 26

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Guides7 hours ago

Travel hacks for a stress-free holiday in Thailand

Thailand8 hours ago

Consumer complaints hotline targets rip-off shopkeepers

Thailand8 hours ago

Phuket Car rental business says gang rented cars and then sold them off

Guides8 hours ago

A guide to Doi Inthanon National Park

Bangkok8 hours ago

Curfew shortened, Bangkok spas, gyms, cinemas can re-open from October

Tourism8 hours ago

TAT pushes for Indonesia, Malaysia to be added to approved list for Phuket sandbox

World9 hours ago

Powerful earthquake strikes near the Phillippines main island

Guides9 hours ago

Top business and investment opportunities in Thailand

Thailand9 hours ago

OnlyFans arrest sparks calls for reform of prostitution and pornography laws

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending