Thai court sentences German to death for murder

31st August 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 August 2005, BANGKOK - A Chiang Mai court on Wednesday sentenced a German national - allegedly the son of a former politician - to death for murdering a Swiss national about a year ago, officials said.

31 August 2005

BANGKOK - A Chiang Mai court on Wednesday sentenced a German national - allegedly the son of a former politician - to death for murdering a Swiss national about a year ago, officials said.

Chiang Mai court found the accused, identified as Gordon Adrean Koschwitz, 33, guilty of murdering Rapahael Baumann, 32, on October 11, 2004, and passed down the death sentence since the accused refused to admit his guilt during the trial.

"This is the first time a Chiang Mai court has sentenced a foreigner to death," said lawyer Pin Nakorn, chairman of the Chiang Mai Lawyers Association.

Baumann was found strangled to death in Koschwitz's house in the Samkhampaeng district of Chiang Mai. The Swiss was renting another house in the same compound.

"Neighbours said they heard the two foreigners fighting on the night of the murder and it was well known that Gordon disliked Raphael whom he thought was a drug addict," said Samkhampaeng police station superintendent Titisan Keowpradab, who investigated the murder.

"Also, Gordon kept a very big dog to guard the compound so no way some one else could have sneaked in to commit the murder," said Titisan in a telephone interview with Deutsche Presse Agentur.

DPA

Subject: German news

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