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Yana Strizheus gave evidence on Monday, flew off Phuket last night

Phuket Kidnap, Murder: Alleged Victim Flies Home, Hunt for Suspects Goes On

Friday, April 4, 2014
PHUKET: Alleged kidnap victim Yana Strizheus flew out from Phuket to her home in Russia last night with her boyfriend's suspected killers still on the loose.

Ms Strizheus, 23, has been kept under guard in Vachira Phuket Hospital since an alleged extortion and the possible murder of Alexei Slabinskiy, 39, became significant news on Phuket.

Ms Strizheus gave evidence in Phuket Provincial Court on Monday and so was free to fly out last night to recuperate in her home country.

She and Slabinskiy vanished on March 7. Ms Strizheus reappeared at the Blue Garden Resort and Spa in Cherng Talay on March 16, having suffered wounds to her neck and an arm.

Traumatised at first, she eventually told Phuket police .that she and Slabinskiy had been kidnapped and forced to demand a large sum from Slabinskiy's relatives.

When no money came, the pair were allegedly driven to a quiet spot in the jungle near Cherng Talay where Slabinskiy was executed, Strizheus has told police.

Sniffer dogs found a body in a green plastic bag in jungle near Cherng Talay last Saturday. Checks on dental records are now being made to establish whether Slabinskiy has been found.

He and Strizheus came to Phuket on education visas and were working but borrowed three million baht from a fellow citizen named Aleksandr Novichkov, 57.

Novichkov and Ukranian Olexandre Boychuk, 44, allegedly kidnapped Strizheus and Slabinskiy and forced them to demand money from Slabinskiy's relatives.

Both men are wanted for alleged kidnapping. The charge of murder is likely if Slabinskiy is identified. Novichkov has also been charged with attempted rape.

Mr Slabinskiy's sister Tatiana Novoselova has also since offered 500.000 baht for information leading to the arrest of the two men.

Ms Novoselova flew back to Russia with Ms Strizheus last night.


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