Mental health of Thai murder suspect normal, but difficulties adjusting to prison

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The mental health test of a female suspect currently detained in Khon Kaen on charges linked to the much-publicised murder and dismemberment case found that her mental health condition was normal, Khon Kaen prison warden Weerachai Petchrat said on Sunday.

The prison conducted the test on Priyanuch "Priew" Nonwangchai after she looked stressed after being detained.

However, Weerachai said Priyanuch seemed to be unable to adjust her sleep patterns as she used to work at night, he said.

Two others suspects, Kawita Rachada and Apiwan Satayabundit, had appeared to adjust themselves to the prison environment, he said.

The three suspects have been charged with the premeditated murder of Warisara Klingjui, whose dismembered body was found buried in a field in Khon Kaen late last month. 

The three fled to Myanmar after the murder and surrendered this month.

The warden said suspects pending trial were responsible for their own schedule and not required to join prison activities although they could if they so chose.

Gruesome murder of Thai woman has nation transfixed

  • The recent murder allegedly committed by a heavily tattooed, attractive girl has captured the attention of media outlets inside in the country and internationally.
  • The three suspects - Priyanuch Nonwangchai, 24, Kawita Rachada, 26, and Apiwan Satayabundit, 28 - fled to Myanmar after allegedly killing Warisara Klinjui, 22, in late May. 
  • The driver of the rented car and his girlfriend, who is also a friend of the main suspect, were also arrested.
  • After fleeing across the border to Myanmar, the female suspects in the high-profile gruesome murder of Warisara Klinjui, 22, were eventually surrendered to Myanmar police opposite Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district in the northern region.
  • The victim's chopped-up body was found in two buckets in a bamboo forest in Khao Suan Kwang district in Khon Kaen. Her body was cut in half and her neck showed traces that someone had unsuccessfully tried to cut her head off.
  • Initially police could not identify the victim but they followed a clue provided by a tattoo on her body and eventually linked it to Warisara.
  • After the alleged murder, they escaped to Myanmar on May 25 via checkpoint in Chiang Rai province.
  • After surrendering to police in Myanmar, they were taken to Bangkok by a police helicopter.
  • As media attention on the suspects escalated, controversial images of police officers and suspects in the gruesome killing of karaoke singer Warisara Klinjui seemingly in a relaxed mood were leaked onto social media.
  • It drew criticims that police seemed eager to please suspects who had been charged with such a grisly murder.
  • Photos showing the suspects putting on make-up in a police station were leaked.
  • The three were also apparently not handcuffed when handed over from Myanmar authorities to Thai police, which was claimed to be against the rules.
  • 2 immigration police officers in Chiang Rai province were subsequently transferred out of their posts for taking photos with a smiling Priyanuch.
  • According to reports, Priyanuch has claimed she did not intend to kill the victim.
  • “I had no intention to kill her. If I did, I would have fled [and not come back],” said Priyanuch.
  • Police brought the suspects back to the scene of the crime for a re-enactment .
  • Many of the onlookers became angry and booed throughout the re-enactment.
  • Priyanuch claimed she loved the victim and did not know what to do when she realised she had killed her
  • She later confessed that she killed Warisara Klinjui due to a personal grudge concerning narcotics and a debt.
  • But people were shocked to discover that Priyanuch had apparently changed her Facebook cover photo on May 13, depicting Chucky, the doll character in horror films that delights in mutilating people.
  • Four of the five suspects in the much publicised dismemberment case of the karaoke bar worker are facing the death penalty.
  • The rented car where the strangulation of the victim had allegedly taken place.