British pensioner killed in Thailand predicted his own death
A retired British design engineer has been found beaten and stabbed to death in his home in Thailand after apparently predicting his own murder.
In better times -she just wanted his money
By Jessica Salter
Last Updated: 2:34AM BST 12 Aug 2008 Telegraphp UK source & Dailymail pics
Ian Beeston's body was found on Sunday at his home in a north eastern Thai province. The 69-year-old had been beaten and stabbed in an attack that left him dying for seven hours, according to police. On Monday his 42-year-old Thai wife and her lover were arrested and charged with the murder. Friends of the pensioner say he had predicted his own death and had been given a taser stun gun to defend himself. In a letter that he left with lawyers, Mr Beeston wrote: "It is just a matter of time now. I am in real fear for my own life." After retiring Mr Beeston moved to Thailand. He married a local woman nine years ago and invested his £350,000 life savings in properties. Under Thai law foreigners cannot own property, so Mr Beeston put the properties in his wife's name but four months ago he discovered that she had cashed it all in. His neighbour, Andrew Herrington, 51, a retired HGV driver from Birmingham, said he was meant to meet Mr Beeston on Sunday, but his friend never turned up. He said: "It was an open secret in the area that Ian was going to be murdered."So when I went to his house on Sunday and saw his car was there and the house locked up, I knew then his time had come. We decided to call the police."When they came they found his badly beaten body. I identified him." Another neighbour Australian Bill Lamb, from Sydney, said: "He told us all he was going to be murdered, and quite frankly we believed him, and thought so too."Friends had brought him a stun gun, a taser, to use to protect himself.Police Captain Patapong Patniboon, of Suwannaphum Police, said: "Ian Beeston's wife and a Thai friend from Petchabun Province, Somchit Janong, 48, have both been arrested for his murder."The British Embassy are trying to trace Beeston's grown up children and his ex-wife.
source UK daily mail
He had invested all his life savings in over an acre of property and built his marital home, a guesthouse and a restaurant near a village called Suwannaphum, meaning 'Golden Land'.Thai newspapers this week described him home as "palatial". But under Thai law, as foreigners cannot own property he had put it in his wife's name."I thought she loved me but she just wanted my cash," penniless divorcee Beeston, who arrived in Thailand with £350,000 told friends at the time. He then asked his wife to leave the marital home and live in a shack with corrugated iron room nearby. And he began selling all moveable objects in the house and restaurant piece by piece to survive until he could legally get the funds to return home. "It was like he has signed his own death warrant," said neighbour Andrew Herrington, 51, a retired HGV driver from Sheldon, Birmingham. He had invested all his life savings in over an acre of property and built his marital home, a guesthouse and a restaurant near a village called Suwannaphum, meaning 'Golden Land'. Thai newspapers this week described him home as "palatial". But under Thai law, as foreigners cannot own property he had put it in his wife's name. "I thought she loved me but she just wanted my cash," penniless divorcee Beeston, who arrived in Thailand with £350,000 told friends at the time. He then asked his wife to leave the marital home and live in a shack with corrugated iron room nearby. And he began selling all moveable objects in the house and restaurant piece by piece to survive until he could legally get the funds to return home."It was like he has signed his own death warrant," said neighbour Andrew Herrington, 51, a retired HGV driver from Sheldon, Birmingham."His wife lived behind the main house with her Thai boyfriend. Every time we went to visit she would come out and scream and order us away. 'This is my house. This is my land.' "Ian knew that he was going to be murdered. He had already complained that while he was away she had put something inside a beer in his fridge. "He had felt ill. So he sent the beer away for analysis to a local hospital. He was awaiting the results. "But it was an open secret in the area that Ian was going to be murdered, but she had a secret police lover. "When I recently went home to Birmingham a policeman told me: 'Perhaps your friend will not be alive when you come back'. "So when I went to his house on Sunday and saw his car was there and the house locked up, I knew then his time had come. His wife came out shouting at me and my wife to go away. We decided to call the police.
Ians house where he was murdered
But Thailand is can be a trap for the unwary traveller so be careful wherever you go.
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THE ‘LAND OF SMILES‘ IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES ?
At least 17 Britons have been murdered in Thailand since 2003 – including Toby Charnaud, brutally slain by his Thai wife. Now, his family want to know why UK Government is so reluctant to warn that the ‘Land of Smiles‘ is one of the most dangerous places on earth for its British residents With so many Britons murdered in Thailand, why does our Government not warn of the dangers faced there?
His fingers trembled as he lit another cigarette, the previous one still smouldering in the ashtray. His hands felt clammy and he was sweating despite the chill blast from the air-conditioning. There was a heavy feeling in the pit of his stomach. This was the most terrible thing he had done in his life, and the waiting was the hardest part."
This is the opening paragraph of a short story called "Rainfall", written in 2003 by Toby Charnaud, an English expat living in the upmarket beach resort of Hua Hin, Thailand. Charnaud recounts, with a sense of impending dread, the tale of a British man named Guy who plans to murder his Thai wife. Yet, this sobering parable is turned on its head, as the Thai wife has her husband killed instead.
Two years later, on 27 March 2005, Charnaud himself was murdered in horrific circumstances. The 41-year-old was lured into the house near Hua Hin that he had bought for his Thai ex-wife, Panadda Laoruang, to live in. There, after a home-made gun failed to kill him, three men hired by Laoruang beat him to death with a heavy object. His body was partially cremated in a fire pit, cut into small pieces and scattered around a nearby forest. Charnaud's parents, Jeremy and Sarah, were then forced to endure the insensitivity of a graceless British Embassy, the hiring of private detectives and countless DNA tests to fully ascertain, months later, that the meagre charred remains belonged to their son.
In the gruelling task of discovering the awful fate of their son, the Charnauds discovered a Thailand not seen in its tourist authorities' glossy brochures. Yet what also emerges from the death of Charnaud and many others is the fact that Thailand, despite its popularity with the British, is among the most dangerous places in the world for UK visitors – a fact that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been reluctant to publicise.
Born and raised a farmer's son, Charnaud only ever seemed to have one destiny growing up. "We always thought he was going to be a farmer," says his father. We're sitting in the kitchen of a cosy country farmhouse in the tiny Wiltshire village of West Kington, where Charnaud and Som (Laoruang's Thai nickname) spent two happy years together. Source Pattaya Daily News
Brit robbed and beaten up by Pattaya motorbike bandits
Khamphi, Sirithanon Pattaya Daily News 01.08.2008 15:31
An ex-British social worker man was robbed by 3 Thai guys on motorbikes, on July 31st, 2008 in Huay Yai. He was forced at gunpoint to stop his motorbike on the roadside, and then repeatedly bashed with a wooden plank with a nail in it. The Brit fought back, but was beaten until he collapsed. The suspects then fled with his property and motorbike
At 1 PM, Mr. Robert Arthur Page, (52), a severely injured British citizen, limped into the police station, aided by a cane and his Thai wife, to report his assault and robbery by a gang of Thai thieves to Pol.Lt.Col. Chaiporn Nathongpieng, Banglamung Police. The incident happened in the morning in Soi Plastic Factory, Sark-gnaew- Baan Ampur road, Huay Yai. He told police about his ordeal and that the robbers had fled on his motorbike after beating him up. Mr. Page told police that he used to work as a social worker in Beckenham, England, but was now retired, with a Thai wife, living in Pattaya. At around 5 AM, he had apparently been returning home on his white Honda Wave 125 I after drinking in a Soi Bua-khao bar, in Central Pattaya. Reaching an isolated spot, just 500 metres from his residence, he was suddenly corralled by three Thai guys on motorbikes, from the side and rear.
Then one of the pillion-seated assailants forced him to stop at the roadside at gunpoint, while another leapt off his bike and proceeded to repeatedly bludgeon him with a spiked wooden plank. He attempted to retaliate, but was soon overpowered and collapsed. The motorcycle bandits then took his wallet, containing 4 ATM cards and about Bt2,000 cash, an LG mobile phone, stole his motorbike then rode away.
Thai wife guilty of Briton murder Source BBC
The Thai ex-wife of a murdered Briton, whose charred and dismembered remains were found scattered in the jungle, has been sentenced to life for his killing. Toby Charnaud, 41, a former farmer from Chippenham, Wiltshire, vanished in March 2005 after going to collect his son from Panadda Laoruang's home. The Petchaburi court convicted her, two relatives and a neighbour of murder. Another two men were acquitted. The couple married in 1997 after meeting in a bar, but divorced in 2004.
Beaten to deathThe Charnaud family lawyer, Bunchu Yensabai, said Mr Charnaud divorced his wife because of her addiction to gambling, according to reports. Ms Laoruang, 35, was found guilty of hiring Bunthiam Phuiphong, 31, Chatri Sriprathum, 28, and Niphit Satabut, 27, to kill her ex-husband at her farm in the Kaeng Krajan National Park, 180 km (110 miles) south of Bangkok. The court heard that the three co-defendants had first fired a home-made gun at the victim, and then beaten him to death. The prosecution argued that they had been paid by his ex-wife to kill him so she could inherit his money and property. According to judge Sarayuth Busayanawin, they then tried to get rid of the body by burning it on 20 kg (44 lb) of charcoal and then burying the remains in a national park. In a bizarre twist, Mr Charnaud had earlier won a writing contest with a short story that appeared to predict his own murder. Mr Charnaud's mother, Sarah, who did not attend the hearing, issued a statement saying his family's lives had been "shattered" by his killing. "For me, his mother, one of the worst horrors of his death is the fact that the first attempt to kill him failed and he would have been aware of his murderers making their fatal attack," she said. She also called her son a kind and generous man and a "wonderful" father.
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