Death case Briton quizzed again
A British businessman linked to a murder in the Thai resort of Pattaya has been detained for further questioning by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court as the mystery deepened over Thai authorities’ failure to seek his extradition.
Court clerk Leng Sokha said yesterday that Toby James Nelham was questioned by deputy prosecutor Seang Sok, but had not been charged.
According to the Bangkok Post, Mr. Nelham was the mastermind behind the murder of fellow British businessman Tony Kenway, 39, on January 24.
Thai police said the suspected shooter, South African Abel Caldeira Bonito, 28, and alleged getaway driver, Briton Miles Dicken Turner, 24, also fled to Cambodia the same day.
Yesterday, officials from the British embassy were present during the questioning of Mr. Nelham, which took longer than normal because of the need for translation.
“His questioning has not completely finished yet. It will continue tomorrow [Friday],” he said.
Court spokesman Ly Sophana confirmed that the prosecutor had not decided whether to charge Mr. Nelham.
However, he declined to give any more details about the case.
Cambodia’s National Police have received a report from the Thais about the murder, but have not been asked for help in arresting the suspects despite widespread publicity about their flight into Cambodia.
Mr. Nelham was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly entering the country illegally and staying and working without proper documents.
He has been described as a web designer, but has known links to what are known as boiler room scams.
These are fraud schemes in which high-powered sales tactics are used in phone calls to naive investors.
Thailand is a renowned center of such operations and murder victim Tony Kenway, 39, was the head of one such operation which tricked Britons and Australians out of millions of dollars.
Mr. Kenway’s killing – as he climbed into hi Porsche Cayenne SUV – was caught on CCTV. The gunman and a getaway rider were filmed leaving the scene on a motorcycle.
The Bangkok Post reported that police uncovered allegations that Mr. Kenway ran an online football gambling website and had a conflict with influential foreigners concerning illegal activities.
Mr. Kenway tried unsuccessfully to settle the conflict with the group twice and this could be the motive for the murder, a Thai police source said.
His wife Somporn, 32, told Thai police that her husband had set up a company doing website design. She admitted Mr. Kenway had recently had a conflict with a former business partner, known only as Toby.
According to The Sun newspaper in London, Thai police believe Mr. Kenway had a feud with a former employee which spiraled out of control after the ex-employee started working for a rival firm.
Mr. Sophana said police were seeking information on the Springtide International company of which Mr. Nelham was chairman in Cambodia.
The company is said to be based in Phnom Penh and in Preah Sihanouk and Siem Reap provinces.
Police are also trying to trace other people who are related to his activities.
General Chhay Sinarith, the Deputy National Police Commissioner, General Sopha, the head of the immigration police department at the Interior Ministry, and Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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