The four suspects in the Khon Kaen Murder trial have pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder.
Preeyanuch Nonwangchai, 24, Kawita Ratchada, 25, Apiwan Sattayabundit, 28, and Wasin Namprom, 22,all denied the serious charge, Nopadol Seedatan, representing the victim’s family, said
He said Preeyanuch and Kawita admitted to assaulting Warisara Klinjui, 22, and burying her dismembered body. Apiwan admitted to concealing a body and drug abuse. Wasin pleaded guilty to concealing a body.
The offence of premeditated murder carries a possible death penalty, and concealing a body a maximum jail term of one year and/or a fine of B20,000.
Elsewhere it is reported that Khon Kaen prison authorities have defended the wearing of bright lipstick to court by a prime suspect in case, saying all female suspects have the right to use makeup.
Preeyanuch “Preaw’’ Nonwangchai, 24, drew fierce criticism on social media for wearing bright-coloured lipstick, variously described as shocking pink or red, to Khon Kaen Court on Wednesday, when she and the other defendants in the karaoke bar girl dismemberment case entered their pleas.
Preeyanuch was earlier reported to have confessed to police that she wanted to teach Ms Warisara a lesson because she had provided police with information that led to the arrest of Preeyanuch’s husband in a drug abuse case.
The victim was strangled to death in a rented car in Khon Kaen on May 23, her body dismembered and then buried in Khao Suan Kwang district of the northeastern province.
On Tuesday, Public prosecutors arraigned the four on charges of premeditated murder, concealing a body, unlawful detention, theft and possessing a weapon in a public place. During police interrogation, the four reportedly confessed to all charges, including premeditated murder.