Connect with us


Phuket Police release sketch of Michelle Smith murder suspect



PHUKET: As the manhunt continues in Phuket for the killers of Australian tourist Michelle Smith, police have released a composite sketch of the prime suspect in the hope that some member of the public can identify him.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Chonasit Wattanavrangkul said that both men involved in the attack were probably in their late 20s and relatively tall for Thais, about 175cm to 180cm tall.

This information differs slightly from original estimates, which said the killers were in their early 20s and slightly shorter.

The composite sketch is of the man caught on CCTV stabbing the late Mrs Smith last Tuesday night. Details collected about his accomplice were as yet insufficient to apply for a second warrant, Maj Gen Chonasit said.

Included with the sketch was an image of the purple Honda Dream motorbike they used to carry out the attack, just 100 meters from the Katathani resort, where Mrs Smith was staying with a group of other travel agents on a “familiarization tour” of the island.

Initial reports specified the color of the motorbike as blue. Police said earlier that there were about 30 motorbikes matching the general description in the Land Transport Department database.

Phuket Provincial Court has issued an arrest warrant for the anonymous suspect on multiple charges including premeditated murder, attempted armed robbery and weapons charges.

Although Phuket Police sometimes restrict access to the media of composite sketches, the opposite is true in this case. Maj Gen Chonasit has ordered patrol and traffic police units and civil defense volunteers to distribute the images as widely as possible in communities across the island in the hope that the public will help identify him.

Anyone who can, will be eligible to collect a 300,000-baht reward offered jointly by police and the Katathani resort.

Phuket Police have also arranged for local cable television operators to broadcast the image every 30 minutes.

It was not mentioned if KPP Cable TV, whose owner Atsadakorn “Pod” Seedokbuab has been charged with attempted murder in the contract killing of Phuket newsman Wisut “Ae Inside” Tangwitthayaporn, was among the cable companies taking part.

Maj Gen Chonasit urged anyone with information about either man to call him directly at 081-8419559 or call the police emergency hotline number: 191.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


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:

Road deaths15 hours ago

UPDATE: Chon Buri police couldn’t find victim of car crash… on the back seat

Protests15 hours ago

‘Democracy Must Go On:’ Protestors have three demands for Thailand’s government

Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Opposition to Thailand govt hosting former Sri Lanka president

Sponsored22 hours ago

BKFC THAILAND 3: Moment of truth set for September 3

Bangkok15 hours ago

Bangkok OAP arrested after slapstick armed robbery of gold shop

Phuket16 hours ago

Phuket officials say no human trafficking cases found in island province

Hong Kong16 hours ago

Hong Kong seizes 20 million baht of heroin hidden in Thai kickboxing pads

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime17 hours ago

Nigerian and Vietnamese couple found dead linked to drug trade

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand workers could earn over 100,000 baht in Saudi Arabia

Chon Buri18 hours ago

Mountain B victims to be compensated by Thailand govt

Pattaya18 hours ago

Free noodles for beach cleaners after Pattaya Music Festival mess

Thailand19 hours ago

CCSA to give thumbs up to 4am licensing in Thailand next week

Tourism19 hours ago

Lots of Hong Kongers are searching for flights to Bangkok

Chon Buri20 hours ago

Death toll of Mountain B fire rises to 17

Economy21 hours ago

Bangkok No.1 in Asia-Pacific for MICE destinations

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

Covid-19 “hospitel” isolation in Thailand to end September 1

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