Connect with us

Phuket

Mother of Phuket Swedish murder victim sues for B24.5mn as trial postponed

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Swedish nationals Johan Sebastian Ljung and Tommy Viktor Soderlund, who have been charged with the stabbing murder of Maksim Schantz on August 1 last year, appeared at Phuket Provincial Court on Tuesday.

However, as multiple witnesses, necessary to the case, failed to present themselves at the court, the judge reconvened the trial for 9:30am on November 2.

Aeknara Luangsanam of the Public Prosecutor’s Office told the Phuket Gazette yesterday that he would be applying for subpoenas to bring in the witness for the next trial date.

In addition to witnesses not presenting themselves at the court on Tuesday, the court date was postponed to allow Mr Schantz’s mother, Yvonne Raissa Schantz, 52, more time to prepare her civil court case against the accused, Mr Aeknara said.

“Mrs Schantz is suing the accused for 24.5 million baht for financial compensation due to the emotional duress she has suffered from the loss of her son,” Mr Aeknara told the Gazette.

After the adjournment until November was handed down, Ljung and Soderlund, were immediately returned to the Phuket Provincial Prison, where they are being held, until the trial concludes.

The court has charged them with premeditated murder, collaboration in robbery and carrying a knife and an unlicensed firearm with ammunition.

They have denied all charges.

However, Ljung and Soderlund on August 2 last year confessed to police that they had attacked and stabbed Russian-born, Swedish national Mr Schantz, but claimed they did not intend to kill him.

The pair were allegedly angered that Mr Schantz informed police of a scam operation they had been running out of Pattaya.

Per Kageby, Senior Consular Officer at the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, told the Gazette in August last year that based on a prisoner-transfer agreement between Sweden and Thailand, the suspects would have the opportunity to serve out their sentences in Sweden if convicted in a Thai court.

According to the agreement, the pair would be required to serve one-third, or no more than eight years, of their sentence before having the opportunity to apply to the Swedish government for a transfer.

If the Swedish government accepts the transfer request, it would then be forwarded to the Thai government for approval, Mr Kageby said.

The case was first heard in court October 31. However, it was postponed to allow Soderlund and Ljung to find their own legal representative instead of the defense counsel provided by the Thai government.

The next court date was set for April 21, but unable to secure a Swedish translator for the trial, it was postponed again.

Mr Aeknara explained that In that time both men had learned to speak and read Thai.

“How long the case takes to finish will depend on the court,” Prosecutor Aeknara said.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Central Thailand44 mins ago

Thai doctor slaps a 3 year old for swearing & refuses to treat him

Thailand47 mins ago

Thailand records fifth case of monkeypox in Thai woman

Guides1 hour ago

Why you should visit a wellness retreat in Thailand

Sponsored8 hours ago

British International School Phuket: Reflecting on 25 years of world-class education

Thailand2 hours ago

Govt take a trip to the shroom to help Thailand’s depressed

Chiang Mai2 hours ago

E. coli contamination found at popular waterfall in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand

Travel2 hours ago

Impressive beachfront hotels to book in Phuket

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime2 hours ago

Thai temple man charged with murder of alleged would-be robber

Travel3 hours ago

5 incredible beaches in Phuket to visit in 2022

Travel3 hours ago

Board game cafes in Bangkok to unleash your competitive streak

Cannabis3 hours ago

Cannabis is illegal on Khao San Road, officials call for crackdown

Bangkok3 hours ago

Crocodile turns up in an unusual location: the heart of Bangkok

North East5 hours ago

48 year old Thai man gets first ID card after a lifetime of trying

Thailand5 hours ago

The Power of Resilience: Anna wins the Miss Universe Thailand crown by Mouawad

Tourism5 hours ago

4am alcohol curfew may increase revenue, but also crime, deaths

Chon Buri5 hours ago

Mountain B fire claims 19th life, 23 year old woman dies in hospital

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Phuket1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending