SA man killed in Thailand: Ex confesses

2012-10-04 21:15

Durban - The ex-wife of a South African, whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped next to a shallow grave in, has confessed to killing him, Thailand's police said on Thursday.

Police Chief Lieutenant General Nares Nanphathote told Sapa Oswald Heinrich Düvel’s ex-wife and her mother had confessed to the murder.

The 50-year old's body was discovered in the foothills of Saraburi province, north of Bangkok, on Sunday morning.

He was wearing only his underpants and a wristwatch and was lying next to a partially dug grave.

Nanphathote said that the killing appeared to be "a conflict of the family, about the son".

Düvel had been involved in an ongoing custody battle with his ex-wife in the Thai courts.

The South African left his Bangkok home on Saturday morning, but did not return.

Nanphathote said in broken English his information was that the ex-wife had invited him to sit in her Toyota Fortuner with her mother to discuss a custody agreement.

Unbeknown to Düvel, a third person was lying behind the back seat and as they talked, he allegedly fired the three fatal shots.

Nanphathote described the man as the "new-husband".

On its website, the Thai Rath newspaper quoted other police sources on Thursday as saying the man was an adopted brother of Düvel’s ex-wife.

The Thai language Daily News website showed pictures of the 32-year old ex-wife and a picture of the man, whom it described as the brother, in handcuffs in the back of the Toyota Fortuner.

The website also carried pictures of the black Toyota Fortuner.

According to the report, there was a bullet hole in the windshield and there was blood on the rear seats.

Nanphathote said he was hoping the mother of Düvel’s ex-wife would turn State witness when the case went to court.

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-04 21:46

    Passion murder.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-05 10:42

      Same same but not nice...

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-04 22:03


  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-04 22:18

    sjoe dont piss off ex wives....wonde4r why she confessed?

  • tersssia.b - 2012-10-05 01:58

    Thought so!

  • - 2012-10-05 03:23

    Now the poor child has no father and mothers going to jail.Sick.Why could'nt they have joint custody.She definitely did'nt think of the child or love him.My heart bleeds for the child.Suffer the little children........

  • D'Bongs Meant - 2012-10-05 06:05

    Women murders their hubbys than man, yet the law still regards them as being victims of abuse. Their justice is placed first before being victimised yet for men justice happens when their no more.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-05 06:53

    Toyota Fortuner blah blah blah Toyota Fortuner blah blah blah.Why didn't you say the vehicle used in the crime scene

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-10-05 08:41

      Have you been to Thailand? Apart from scooters & Tuk Tuk's, it is all you see in private hands!

  • mark.schulz.796 - 2012-10-05 09:09

    'The ex-wife of a South African, whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped next to a shallow grave in,' was he 'in' or 'next to' the shallow grave? Redundancy later in the article as it restates that he 'was lying next to a partially dug grave.' A shallow grave is not the same as a partially dug one. Three fatal shots? So the man was killed three times over? And the author dares to poke fun at the Thai national's 'broken English'.

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