Phuket Police reveal identities of the Michelle Smith stab murder suspects

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have announced the identities of the two men arrested today for the stabbing murder of Australian travel agent Michelle Smith which took place near Kata Beach last Wednesday night.

Officers at Phuket Provincial Police headquarters in Phuket Town named Surasak Suwannachote, 26, originally from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, as the man who allegedly stabbed Mrs Smith, puncturing her heart and lung.

Surasak was arrested this morning in Chumphon province while heading to Samut Sakhon province, near Bangkok, to see his relatives, one officer told the Phuket Gazette.

Police this morning also arrested Surin Tadthong, 37, in his hometown, also in Samut Sakhon.

Surin allegedly drove the motorbike used in carrying out the botched bag-snatch attack that ended in Mrs Smith’s fatal stabbing.

“The two men confessed that after stabbing Mrs Smith, they left their motorbike at the ‘Phuket Bypass Garn Yang’ [car tyre dealership] on the morning of [Thursday] June 21,” said one officer, who declined to give further details.

Both Surasak and Surin are being transported to Phuket to face charges, but have yet to arrive on the island, the Gazette was told.

— Atchaa Khamlo

Phuket News

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