Phuket police make little progress in Stuart murder case

KATHU, PHUKET: Almost six months after it began, the investigation into the murder of British expat Ian Kenneth Stuart appears to have gone cold.

Mr Stuart, 61, was a Phuket-based businessman. He was beaten to death at his home and workplace near the Tesco-Lotus intersection on February 23.

Police now believe the murder occurred during a botched burglary attempt.

Tung Tong Police Superintendent Arayapan Pukbuakhao told the Gazette that one suspect in the case, a known drug dealer from Chalong, is now off the hook because his fingerprints did not match those collected by forensics investigators at the crime scene.

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Col Arayapan says the murder is still under active investigation.

Police suspect that the murderer was a serial thief who targets farangs who own laptop computers.

Two laptop computers were stolen from the building where Mr Stuart was killed, one a few weeks before the murder and another on the night of the murder.

Investigators have ruled out revenge as a possible cause of the murder, Col Arayapan said.

— Atchaa Khamlo

Phuket News
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