Alleged Mastermind of Pattaya Murder Arrested in Cambodia – Questioned in Court
nsnbc : Toby Nelhams, who allegedly ordered the murder of the British Tom Kenway in Pattaya, Thailand, on January 24, was arrested and questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia on Wednesday. With the two suspects who allegedly carried out the murder still at large, police is reluctant to provide any information that could disclose how Nelhams was found.
Toby Nelhams was reportedly arrested three days ago, but police wanted to keep information about his arrest and methods that led to his arrest out of the public domain so as not to compromise the ongoing investigation and the search for the two suspects who allegedly carried out the murder.
An immigration police officer in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh told reporters outside the municipal court that he wasn’t authorized to provide any information either.
Cambodian law enforcement had been looking for the British murder suspect for weeks after being tipped of by Thailand’s National Police. Police in Bangkok informed Cambodian officials that he probably was in Cambodia.
On Sunday, police told reporters they could not confirm reports in The Bangkok Post, according to which Toby Nelhams had been arrested in Cambodia. However,on Wednesday, Nelhams was questioned in court by Deputy Prosecutor Seang Sok. The immigration officer and deputy prosecutor notes that Nelhams “is the mastermind behind the murder case, and the two others who are the perpetrators have not been found yet”.
The South African Abel Caldeira Bonito is suspected of having fatally shot Tom Kenway in his Porsche outside a sports club, while the Briton Miles Dicken Turner is the suspected getaway driver. Sihanoukville police asked the public for help locating the two as they are suspected to be in Sihanoukville or in Cambodia.
Toby Nelhams, on Wednesday, denied any involvement in the murder. Deputy National Police commissioner Chhay Sinarith on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a British national but later said he was unsure of the circumstances. Uk Heisela, Chief of Investigations at the Interior Ministry’s Immigration Department, confirmed that “a Briton” had been arrested, claiming he was arrested because he didn’t have a passport.
Makes sense say those who are cognizant of the fact that a fleeing murder suspect who doesn’t have a false passport would be reluctant to produce his real passport.
Toby Nelhams had not been charged as of on Wednesday evening, said Ly Sophana, a Deputy Prosecutor at the court who also confirmed that facts about the circumstances that led to the arrest were being kept secret for now.
F/AK – nsnbc 16.02.2017