A Thai court sentenced Briton Shane Kenneth Looker to eight years in prison for the 2014 murder of a woman whose dismembered body was found stuffed into a suitcase and thrown into a river. The man pleaded guilty.
Shane Kenneth Looker, 51, admitted to killing 27-year-old Laxami Manochat after meeting her at a bar in November 2014, officials at a Kanchanaburi provincial court outside Bangkok said. Looker was also ordered to pay $ 300,000 to the woman’s family.
Looker monitored the trial remotely via a video link from the prison. “After the accused was questioned by the judge, he finally pleaded guilty to all the charges against him,” said Saksith Jongcharoen from the court, quoted by CNN.
Eight years in prison
He added that because Looker pleaded guilty, his prison sentence was reduced from 16 to eight years.
Laxami Manochat’s body was found in the Mae Klong River in Kanchanaburi town, approximately 120 kilometers from Bangkok. They were dismembered and stuffed into a suitcase filled with stones.
The investigation revealed that she had met Looker at a bar in Bangkok a few days earlier and was accompanying him to a nearby hotel.
They entered the hotel together, he went out alone with a large bag
The surveillance footage captured the couple entering the hotel, but only Looker was seen leaving it. He had a large heavy bag with him. Hotel staff later discovered bloody sheets, and the DNA traces found on the woman’s fingernails belonged to a British man.
In 2015, an international arrest warrant for Looker was issued. First, the man was hiding in his vacation home in a seaside resort, then he crossed the border into Malaysia and then fled to Spain. Eventually he was detained in Ibiza. He was then sent back to Thailand to stand trial.
Murder in Thailand is punishable by death or imprisonment for up to 20 years.
Main photo source: Paul Lakatos / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images