Man arrested for suitcase murder of Briton

BANGKOK (AFP): Thai police said this afternoon that they had arrested a 19-year-old Iranian man on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a British man whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in a Bangkok suburb. The body of 52-year-old John Morris Neville, part-owner of a hotel in the Thai capital, was discovered on December 9, packed into the suitcase and placed under a bridge. Police said Morris was last seen on December 7 in the company of the Iranian suspect Kazem Ghavati and an unnamed Thai man. The two were believed to have colluded in the murder and concealment of the body. Ghavati was traced after staff at a Bangkok department store identified him as having bought the suitcase used to store Morris’s body on December 8. An arrest warrant has also been issued for the unnamed Thai man. Ghavati confessed to buying the suitcase, but maintained that his Thai friend did the killing, police said.

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