Foreigner Suspected of Trangender Murder in Thailand

Lithuanian national detained in Pattaya on suspicion of killing transgender man whose body was found in a locked room in Surin

Foreigner Suspected of Trangender Murder in Thailand

Pattaya police have detained a Lithuanian man whose transgender girlfriend was found murdered in a locked room in his Surin home, the Bangkok Post reported. Earlier it was reported that the man was a Russian national, but police have identified the man as Lithuanian national Marius Kunitzkas.

According to the newspaper, the man was tracked down by a signal from a cell phone he allegedly took from his dead lover. The suspect was tracked down on a beach in Pattaya around noon Thursday, according to National Police Deputy Chief Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas. Police officers immediately arrested the man.

During questioning, the Lithuanian man cried and confessed that he had quarreled with a dead transgender man. The detention team found a bruise on the man’s nose. During a search of the Lithuanian citizen, they found the victim’s cell phone.

The suspect was reportedly taken to the northeastern province of Surin for DNA testing. If the sample taken from the Lithuanian matches the evidence found at the scene, the man will be formally arrested and charged with murder, police said.

The body of Thirapthong Lamluyea, 31, was found in a locked room of her two-story home. The deceased was found wrapped in a thick blanket. There was a strong cadaveric smell from the body, and the victim is believed to have been dead for at least a week, police Capt. Sani Chimngam said.

Thirapthong’s mother, Vandi Lamluyea, 47, said neighbors told her there was a foul smell coming from her son’s house, similar to that of a dead animal. The mother of the deceased called rescue workers to go inside and look at the house. They found traces of hair and blood stains on the floor, as well as drag marks leading to the door to the next room. The mother opened the door and saw the body of her son, a transgender man, lying under a blanket.

The mother of the deceased had three children, Thiraphong was the eldest and was the main breadwinner of the family. For six or seven months, he had been romantically involved with a man who she said was Russian. They met in Phuket. According to the woman, Thirapthong brought her lover home twice in January and in late May. During the first visit, they stayed in a hotel. On the second visit, the couple stayed at her home.

Wandi said the man stayed with them for one week. The foreigner drank a lot of beer, and on May 26 he brought a whole case of it into the house and drank it with her. The woman noticed blood-like stains on his feet, as well as several bruises. However, the man explained that the bottle had fallen and shattered, and the shards had gotten on his feet, Wandi said. The woman had no reason to doubt his word, and they drank together until about 9 p. m. Thirapthong never joined them.

Around 2 p. m. the next day, the woman went to the market and did not see the car her son had rented, which he had driven from Ubon Ratchathani province. The woman assumed that her son and his man had left together.

On Wednesday, the woman learned that Thirapthong had been killed. His head was badly smashed, and Vandy believes the killer beat him to death with a bottle. His pit bull dog is also missing, and his mother suspects that he was also killed and buried somewhere. According to the woman, police have security camera footage that shows the rental car leaving the bus terminal. The footage also shows the suspect boarding a bus to Rayong.

Vandy revealed that Thirapthong also has a British boyfriend. They have known each other for seven years, but the British man left for his home country and didn’t return to Thailand for a long time. The woman suspects that the «Russian man» was jealous of her son.

Foreigner Suspected of Trangender Murder in Thailand
Victim 31-year-old transgender Thiraphong Lamluea