It was recently announced that officers here in Pattaya have arrested and taken into custody a British man in relation to the death of woman who was found dead believed to have fallen from the fifth storey of a condominium in Pratumnak.
Police yesterday (January 7) arrested Reece Vella, 25, from Birmingham, UK, taking him into custody while he was out at a bar in Pattaya.
Officers announced that they believe Vella was the last person to see the victim alive before her fatal fall.
Police were called to the Cosy Beach View condominium in Pratumnak at 5am on Saturday morning after a security guard discovered the naked body of Wannipha Chanhuathon, 26, who worked as a beer bar girl on Soi 6.
We will update the story as more information becomes available.
Following his arrest on Sunday after a warrant was issued 26-year-old Reece Vella from Birmingham, England told officers when questioned that he did not mean to kill 26-year-old Wannipha Chanhuathon who has also been referred to as Kannika and Joy in other articles.
“Joy” was reported to be a beer bar girl working at the Sky Bar in Soi 6 in Pattaya who then went back to the suspect’s room.
The suspect said the couple had sex in his bedroom before wanting to change things up and decided to have sex on the balcony when Wannipha fell and subsequently died, in a panic the suspect took Wannipha’s phone and fled to Soi Pornpraphanimit Soi 7 where he was later arrested in a beer bar, still in possession of the victims phone.
It was reported by the British media that Mr Vella is a convicted rapist who is wanted by the UK police on drug offenses.
Vella was sentenced to four years in prison for raping a teenager in 2012 where he reportedly punched the victim in the face twice before carrying out his attack.
Police in the UK charged Vella last year over supplying class A drugs and currently has a warrant out for his arrest.
Vella’s brother said that he moved to Thailand to “start a new life” and to “get out of trouble.”
Sky Bar on Soi 6 have donated 35,000 baht to the victim’s family and are excepting donations which will be passed directly on to Wannipha’s family to help them during this difficult time.
Source : Thai Visa
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