Thai man gets life for murdering tourist

The trial of a Thai man charged with murdering a Swedish tourist in Phuket ended with a verdict of guilty and a sentence of life in prison. The crime occurred in March on a remote beach on the island of Phuket, but the suspect eventually surrendered to police after initially fleeing the country.

Akaradet Tankay, the killer of 27 year-old Hannah Charlotte Bankluns, was convicted by the Phuket provincial court for murdering the Swedish woman on Mai Khao beach, a remote spot on the northern coast of Phuket. After taking a swim in the sea on March 15, Bankluns emerged from the water and was approached from behind by Akaradet, who attempted to rape her.

Akaradet used a knife to threaten the Swedish woman, who resisted. The 31 year-old Thai man then stabbed her more than 20 times before leaving her to die on the beach. Akaradet then immediately fled to Burma. After being persuaded by his parents to return to Thailand and face the charges, Akaradet surrendered to the Rayong police on March 19. Although he initially admitted to the murder, he later retracted his confession. Based on the evidence, however, the court still found him guilty.

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