PHUKET: Stein Havard Dokset confessed this evening to killing his Thai girlfriend by pushing her down the stairs after an argument - and to placing her body in a bin. What's not clear is the question of how her body mostly disappeared in the bin over the course of the past two-and-a-half years. Accidental death, or murder? More questions are being asked.
PHUKET: Forensic police have confirmed that the remains found in a council wheelie bin at the luxury home of a Scandinavian expat on Phuket are human.
Tests were carried out in a police laboratory today after the green bin and its grisly contents were found in the basement of the seven-bedroom 15 million baht Phuket mansion belonging to Stein Havard Dokset, 50, a Norwegian.
Thirty police raided the mansion in Kata, a Phuket beachside destination, and throughly searched the property overnight. Today they carted off the wheelie bin and other items.
Mr Dokset was being held at Chalong Police Station in southern Phuket while the tests were undertaken at laboratories in the province of Surat Thani.
This afternoon the results came back as positively human remains.
Mr Dokset has denied knowing anything about the contents of the bin or having any connection with the possible murder of his former partner, Rungnapa Ratchasombut, who disappeared in 2009 at the age of 30.
Her family urged police from the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok to carry out last night's raid and extensive search.
When police opened the wheelie bin in the basement of the Phuket mansion, a strong stench filled the room.
At the bottom of the bin, inside what remained of a plastic bag, there appeared to be between two and four kilos of waste matter. The outline of a bone joint appeared to be visible.
Mr Dokset is being held without bail on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm, a handgun that was registered in the name of his missing former partner.
Khun Rungnapa, mother of two and formerly married to a policeman, was officially reported missing on July 19, 2009.
Her family have persevered and were the ones who pushed police to make last night's raid. Police now say it will take seven days for scientists to sample DNA from the waste material and match it with the family.
Mr Dokset's present Thai partner accompanied him to the police station. She said they had been living together for six months and she knew nothing about his former partner.