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House where the murder will be reenacted in Phuket City on Friday

Update: Phuket Killer Confesses, Returns to Phuket

Thursday, December 6, 2012
UPDATE

Accused murderer Moshe David was returned to Phuket on Thursday night. A re-enactment is set for Friday at the crime scene - a two-storey townhouse in Phanason Residence, near Makro in Phuket City.

Original Report

PHUKET: A man alleged to have masterminded and carried out the murder of a former business partner is expected to be brought back to Phuket to reenact the crime within days.

Moshe David, who is believed to have Israeli and Hungarian passports, has confessed to the killing, Phuketwan has been told.

He at first denied any connection with murder victim Peter Reisz, whose battered and stabbed body was found on Phuket last week.

But detectives at Region 8 police headquarters in Surat Thani, where Mr David was taken after his arrest at an ATM machine at MBK shopping centre in Bangkok, produced documents that convinced Mr David to change his story.

Mr David said he and his mother invested 30 million baht in a property in the name of Mr David's Thai wife, but that Mr Reisz attempted to defraud him and fled from Samui to Phuket.

His former Samui business partner was traced to Phuket where Mr David carried out the murder at a rented Phuket City house with another Hungarian, according to police.

They fled Phuket after dumping the body beside a jungle pond near Patong Hill, say police.

Mr David's background is also being examined in connection with previous mysterious disappearances in Thailand, including that of wealthy Hungarian retail tycoon Laszlo Csepai.

Questionable accounts in Hungarian newspapers, repeated on Phuket, leave a thorough investigation yet to be undertaken by Thai detectives.

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