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Stein Dokset in a reenactment of the disposal of his lover's body

Phuket Body-in-Bin Identified as June

Friday, April 27, 2012
PHUKET: Body-in-the-bin victim Rungnapa 'June' Ratchasombut has been formally identified through DNA matching, members of her family were told in a telephone call today.

Details of the full report are expected to be revealed on Monday when the letter from Bangkok forensic experts arrives at the southern Phuket police station of Chalong.

Investigating officers are likely to decide on the basis of the information contained in the report whether to proceed with a charge of murder against Norwegian Stein Havard Dokset, 50, June's former lover and business partner.

Police found the remains of the 30-year-old woman in a wheeled trash bin in late February at Mr Dokset's spacious home in the Phuket beachside district of Kata.

Mr Dokset admitted to pushing June in an argument but told them that June died after her head accidentally struck a wall. He then bundled her naked body into the trash bin and left it in a downstairs laundry-bathroom.

If the findings from the Bangkok autopsy are consistent with June dying from a blow to the head, Mr Dokset is likely to be charged with her murder. He already faces counts of illegal possession of a firearm, a handgun that was registered in the name of his former lover, and of unlawfully disposing of a body.

Members of June's family reported her missing to local Phuket police in 2009 and persevered with requests for police to investigate until Crime Suppression Division police from Bangkok eventually raided Mr Dokset's home and found the body in the bin.

Mr Dokset, who once ran a property development business with June before she married a Patong policeman, is being held without bail in Phuket Prison.

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