Johann Friedrich Speckbacher
In Phuket, a 78-year-old German retiree was strangled to death by his 52-year-old Thai wife during an argument in which she accused him of having an affair with another woman.
At 22:13 on Tuesday, September 25, a woman in her early 50s entered Chalong Provincial Police Station and approached one of the police officers. “I’ve killed my husband,” she announced according to Pol Lt Chanad Hongsitichaigun, a deputy investigator assigned to the case. “I killed him using a rope around his neck. His body is still in the house.”
The woman, who police identified as Nirandon Bratumsin, 52, turned out to be the wife of a 78-year-old retiree from Germany, Johann Friedrich Speckbacher. The couple had been living in a rented house near the Baan Khun Yui hotel in Phuket’s Chalong subdistrict when the murder took place.
When police and Phuket Ruam Jai Rescue volunteers entered the house at 9/82 Moo 4, it did not take long for them to find Mr Speckbacher’s body. “He was lying on the floor next to the dining table in a separate area close to the kitchen,” Pol Lt Chanad revealed to reporters.
The victim was found wearing only black shorts. There were strangulation marks around his neck, but no signs of a struggle at the scene. “It was just like Mrs Nirandon had told us,” Pol Lt Chanad said.
According to a statement given by Mrs Nirandon, Mr Speckbacher and his wife were arguing fiercely at the table around 19:00. Mrs Nirandon had accused her husband of seeing another woman. The argument escalated into a physical fight.
“Mrs Nirandon told us that, at one point, she lost control of herself. She said she became so infuriated, she suddenly stood up, grabbed a rope and strangulated Mr Speckbacher until he stopped moving,” stated Pol Lt Chanad. “She claimed that she was not thinking clearly when she committed the crime.”
The report did not mention why it took Mrs Nirandon three hours to travel the 4 to 5 kilometres from her home to Chalong Provincial Police Station to turn herself in.
Police have already pressed charges against Mrs Nirandon. Pol Lt Chanad stated: “We are continuing our investigation and have charged Mrs Nirandon with murder. We are holding her in custody.”
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