A Thai electrical engineer had confessed to the police that he murdered his fiancée less than a week before their wedding.
Ronnachai Panchart, 26, admitted, after being interrogated for several hours, to killing government dental official Nontiya Krowjatturat, 25, early Tuesday morning in Tha Sae district of Chumphon province, reported Bangkok Post.
Ronnachai and Nontiya were supposed to be married on Christmas Eve in Nontiya’s hometown in the province’s Sawi district.
Though police are still trying to pull details from the alleged killer, it seems that infidelity was at the core of the crime.
Police investigators believe that Ronnachai was seeing another woman behind his fiancée‘s back and that he was caught with mystery rich woman when Ronnachai turned up at her finacee’s house and found them there together.
They had a fight, which was also confirmed by Nontiya’s father, who did not go into detail about what the fight was about.
Nontiya, known locally as Dr Por was found dead with gun shot wound to her chest inside the hospital’s staff accommodation that morning.
Tambon Salui hospital officials told police that they heard noise which sounded like a firecracker shortly after midnight from the direction of the victim’s lodging, but did not pay any special attention to it.
Some co-workers became suspicious when the victim did not show up for work in the morning and went to the lodging to find out. They found the door of the lodging locked from inside, but there were traces of the window being burgled.
One of them peeped through a gap in the window and saw a pool of blood on the floor. Then they helped break the door open and found the victim lying dead.
Though the hospital compound has security cameras, the one near her room had been tampered with so that it was facing a different direction. Nearby cameras show a man in a face mask enter the compound at 1am and leave 20 minutes later.
After incriminating clothing worn by the person spotted on CCTV at the scene of the murder was found, police searched Ronnachai’s house and found clothing that matched what the man was wearing in the surveillance video.
EFF demands the sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nene.
South Africa’s political players are headed for a collision course over the fate of the finance minister, who the Treasury on Tuesday said is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting.
Pressure has been piling on finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign, following his disclosure to the state-capture inquiry commission, that he had met the Gupta brothers between 2010 and 2013.
The Business Day on Monday reported that Nene had asked president Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as finance minister.
Ramaphosa’s office responded and said they were not aware of Nene’s request.
And on Tuesday, Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said the finance minister was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday.
Nene is also expected to read the mid-term budget later this month.
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The news that Nene is continuing with his duties is likely to anger opposition supporters including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leader, Julius Malema on Monday asked Ramaphosa to sack Nene.
In a written letter to Ramaphosa, Malema argued that the country, whose economy is in recession, had very serious challenges that needed a credible finance minister to address them.
‘‘Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance,’‘ Malema said.
He then added that that Nene can no longer inspire much needed confidence to revive the economy.
‘‘The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)‚ which is supposed to be a statement to build confidence amongst all important economic role players‚ cannot‚ and should not‚ be delivered by a minister who was part of the Gupta criminal syndicate.”
For the EFF, Nene’s position as finance minister is no longer tenable and they are determined to win what they are now calling a battle.
Malema had threatened on Sunday that streets protests might be organised to demand for the removal of Nene as finance minister.
The Gupta brothers are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions including unfairly winning state contrcats.
Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.
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South Africa: Ex-minister reveals Zuma’s Gupta deals.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption.