Thai police discover bodies of British man, Thai wife

Elias Hubbard
September 26, 2018

Police in northern Thailand have arrested three men over the brutal murder of a British millionaire and his wife.

The bodies of a wealthy British retiree and his Thai wife were found buried on their own property on Tuesday, September 25, a week after an alleged contract killing ordered by the woman's brother, police said.

Police are searching for Alan Hogg, 64, and his wife Nott, 61, who were reported missing on Thursday.

Police said Mr Hogg was killed with a shotgun by his garage and his wife was fatally hit over the head with a hammer at their home in Phrae province.

Phrae police chief Pol Maj Gen Sanpat Prabpudsa said sniffer dogs have been sent to the scene and police are checking contacts found listed in the phone, in the hope of shedding light on the mystery.

Warut Satchakit, Mr Hogg's brother-in-law, was arrested by the police after CCTV footage allegedly showed him entering the couple's home and driving away with the truck on the morning of the couple's disappearance.

The wife's brother, Warut Satchakit, was arrested over the disappearance after CCTV showed him entering the home and stealing the auto on Thursday. He was charged with theft of the vehicle but was later released on 100,000 baht bail raised by relatives. The couple's daughter, Robyn, flew to Thailand from the United Kingdom over the weekend to assist the search.

"The motive for the killings was a long-running internal family conflict, feuds and property", Manas said.

Neighbours described Mr Hogg's wife as "the most handsome woman in the town".

"The brother-in-law had problems with money and there were family issues".

He also worked as an offshore construction manager and moved to Thailand several years ago after doing engineer work in Australia.

He built a sprawling three-story home and outdoor pool with changing rooms, snooker table, and summer house, on a vast plot of land with a gated entrance in the remote northern region himself.

Items found at the house were collected by the police as evidence.

Last year, Hogg resigned as director of his co-founded professional dry-cleaning company Clayfull, headquartered near Edinburgh.

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