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Accused Phuket Murderer Remains Beyond Reach of Thailand's Law

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
PHUKET: The British media has now raised the case of Michael Taylor, spotted in the Philippines seven years after he went on the run while accused of killing his girlfriend on Phuket.

Jantra Weangta was stabbed to death at the couple's Chalong home but Taylor claimed he was having sex with a ladyboy at the time his 27-year-old girlfriend had a knife plunged into her heart.

Thai police recovered a large Bowie knife and a pair of bloodstained trousers, while prosecutors had lined up 13 witnesses, including a DNA expert, to testify against Mr Taylor, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

Mr Taylor had been granted bail, despite the seriousness of the allegation, after a land title deed, valued at 400,000 baht, was posted as a surety.

He fled in 2006, midway through the trial, which had been heavily delayed.

Since then, sightings have been made of Mr Taylor in Hull and, more recently, in the Philippines, where he is thought to be working in the offshore oil industry.

It's claimed he was heard bragging about the killing. Police on Phuket are reported to have said that it is not within their jurisdiction to chase criminals abroad.

For Taylor to be legally travelling today, as a British national, he must have been issued a new passport by the UK Passport Agency, managed by the Home Office, while he was still wanted for murder in Thailand, the British newspaper reports.

The British Government says it cannot comment on an individual passport application, but the Foreign Office pointed out Mr Taylor would have had to pass through passport control in Thailand, which presumably should have had a watch list.

Thailand's Department of Justice assiduously pursued one British murderer, Lee Aldhouse, and ensured he was extradited from Britain to Phuket last December to face justice.

He was sentenced last month to 25 years in jail for the 2010 knifing of former US marine Dashawn Longfellow.

Multiple calls made by Phuketwan to the Department of Justice in Bangkok regarding the Taylor case have so far brought no official response.


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He didn't kill an American ..

Posted by Sean on December 17, 2013 08:31


I'm wondering, which Thai gave a land title deed for a Farang, accused of murdering a Thai?
Or was the deed in the name of the victim?
'not within their jurisdiction to chase criminals abroad'.
It would be from interst, who has the title now. And how the way of this title was.

Posted by Anonymous on December 17, 2013 09:51


This is now the 3rd or 4th article PW has had on this guy in as so many months. Why the big interest in this case? is there a personal side to this? make you wonder when so many criminals here in Phuket have committed crimes and have had their sentences suddenly quashed or are still out on the lamb while their cases have been shuffled to the bottom of the heap after a hefty contribution. Why doesn't PW look back at the cases that have made headlines here and give an update as to the where abouts of these criminals that are still in our midst? Surely its public record and available to you guys?? You give out stats all the time how about looking into the cases that have made an impact here in Phuket and giving us an update?

Posted by Tom on December 17, 2013 11:08

Editor Comment:

A search of Phuketwan shows this article is the only article we've published on Michael Taylor, although he was also mentioned briefly in a previous article on Lee Aldhouse. Please give us what information you have about other cases. The phrase, incidentally, is ''on the lam.''


If the Thai police don't have jurisdiction to hunt criminals abroad, then how come they chased Lee Aldhouse with such commitment? In the UK..Sad to say but it's because the victim was not a US ex-marine..

Posted by christian on December 17, 2013 14:52

Editor Comment:

The Department of Justice pursued the extradition of Lee Aldhouse. At least one senior Phuket policeman at the time thought it would be unfair for Thailand to have to pay the cost of keeping a British man in jail for killing an American. Fortunately, the Department of Justice disagreed.


Hey, Ed! Maybe Tom's a Kiwi?


Posted by markthalang on December 17, 2013 23:24


Hey Markthalang, where were you educated mate? , read the story before making dumb comments.

Posted by Notapom on December 18, 2013 01:12


It's called a joke. A Kiwi or Aussie would have got it. Maybe a pom would need some help.

On the lamb. See post by Tom, and Ed's reply.


Posted by Markthalang on December 18, 2013 21:51

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