Both suspects in Nontiya’s murder sent to prison

There are two suspects in the murder of Nontiya Krowjatturat, a dental official at Tambon Salui Hospital in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district, and both have been arrested and detained in prison pending further legal proceedings, police said.

The two are Ronnachai Panchart, Nontiya’s groom-to-be, and Narumon Chueysombat, Mr Ronnachai’s girlfriend.  Both have been arrested under court warrants and detained in connection with the murder of Nontiya on Dec 18, five days before the planned wedding.

Nontiya, 25, found dead with gun shot wound to her chest at the hospital’s living quarters for staff. Mr Ronnachai was arrested afterward.

Ronnachai, Nontiya’s groom-to-be.

Damrong Buarit, the warden of Chumphon prison, said Mr Ronnachai has been detained since Dec 22.  Although strong and healthy without chronic disease, he is under stress and a good-grade inmate has been assigned to look after him.

Ms Narumon also appeared stressful when police brought to the court on Dec 23 to seek approval for an extension of her detention.

The family of Nontiya insisted the body would not be cremated until the case is over.

Police are still investigating the disappearance of the money intended to be the dowry for the marriage.