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British rapist who was once arrested over death of Pattaya bar girl to be extradited to the UK

 

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Image: Reece Vella following his arrest in 2018

 

A British man recently arrested in Bangkok who was wanted by police in the UK on drug trafficking charges had previously been arrested over the death of a bar girl in Pattaya.

On Friday, Thai Immigration Police Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingdoung announced the arrest of Reece Blain Vella.

On 16 May, Immigration Police were contacted by the UK’s National Crime Agency to inform them that Vella was wanted in connection with supplying Class A drugs.  

After cross checking Vella’s details on Immigration’s PIBICS system and liaising with the British Embassy, by pure chance it was discovered that the twenty seven year old was due to visit the Embassy in Bangkok.

Police then swooped on an unsuspecting Vella as he tried to attend his Embassy appointment.

Immigration chief Sompong said Vella will be extradited back to the UK.

But this isn’t the first time Vella has had a brush with the law in Thailand or the UK.

 

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Image: Wannipa Janhuathon

In January 2018, he was arrested in connection with the death of a bar girl in Pattaya.

The naked body of Wannipa Janhuathon, 26, was found outside Cosy Beach View Condominium in Pratumnak.

She’d fallen from the balcony of Vella’s fifth floor condo.

At the time Vella told police Wannipa, nicknamed Joy who worked at Sky Bar on Soi 6, fell while they were having sex on his balcony.

He said he was so distraught that he fled the scene and checked into a nearby hotel.

He was arrested two days later at Route CC Roadhouse bar with footage of the arrest shared on social media.

He later told police Wannipa died during a sex game gone wrong.

 

 

Following his arrest in connection with the death of Wannipa, Vella was also found to have overstayed his visa by 59 days and had also stolen a motorcycle.

He was charged with causing death by negligent or reckless behaviour, theft and visa overstay.

However, Thaivisa understands that Wannipa’s death was ruled as accidental.

It’s not clear the result of the charges related to his overstay and the theft of the motorbike.

In 2012, Vella, who had served 5 years in the British army, was sentenced to four years and nine months in a young offenders institution for raping a teenager near his home town of Worcester.

In 2017, he appeared at Worcester Crown Court where was charged with supplying Class A drugs.

However, he never faced those charges and instead fled to Thailand.

He’d been in Thailand approximately two months when he was arrested over the death of Wannipa.

Despite having an outstanding warrant against him from the UK and him previously being in custody in Thailand, it is only now that he is being extradited back to the UK to face drug charges.

  

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https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1105142-british-rapist-who-was-once-arrested-over-death-of-pattaya-bar-girl-to-be-extradited-to-the-uk/

 

 

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Here's the story of the same guy from the year before:-

British man charged over woman’s fall from balcony

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Police in Pattaya have charged a Briton after he allegedly caused a woman to fall to her death from the fifth floor of a condominium during a sexual act.

Reece Vella was arrested after the naked body 26-year-old woman, Wannipa Chanhuatone, of Sakhon Nakhon, was found at the Cozy Beach Condominium in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.

Investigations showed that she fell from a room on the fifth floor of the building. Police then began a search for a foreign man last seen with her.

Vella was arrested at a beer bar in the same district under a court arrest warrant issued on Sunday for allegedly being reckless and causing another person’s death, overstaying his visa and theft.

Pol Colonel Apichai Krobphet, a Pattaya commander, said Wannipa’s mobile phone was found with the suspect.

According to Apichai, Vella confessed that he had sex with Wannipa in the room on the fifth floor and he wanted a “change of scene” so they moved to the balcony. It was during the act that Wannipa fell from to the ground.

After the accident, he grabbed his and Wannipa’s mobile phones before leaving and moving to a rented room.

Apichai said the suspect denied the charges, saying he had no intention of causing Wannipa’s death.

 

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30335742

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Just reading the last sentence, it appears that he has been in custody for a while but extradition to the UK will surely mean charges dropped and he will face class A drug trafficking charges in UK. Just as well, too many of these characters end up in places like Pattaya and less in Spainthese days. I wonder how long he will be banned from re entering  Thailand under their imigration rules?

 

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12 hours ago, 247 NEWS said:

British man charged over woman’s fall from balcony

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Police in Pattaya have charged a Briton after he allegedly caused a woman to fall to her death from the fifth floor of a condominium during a sexual act.

Reece Vella was arrested after the naked body 26-year-old woman, Wannipa Chanhuatone, of Sakhon Nakhon, was found at the Cozy Beach Condominium in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.

Investigations showed that she fell from a room on the fifth floor of the building. Police then began a search for a foreign man last seen with her.

Vella was arrested at a beer bar in the same district under a court arrest warrant issued on Sunday for allegedly being reckless and causing another person’s death, overstaying his visa and theft.

Pol Colonel Apichai Krobphet, a Pattaya commander, said Wannipa’s mobile phone was found with the suspect.

According to Apichai, Vella confessed that he had sex with Wannipa in the room on the fifth floor and he wanted a “change of scene” so they moved to the balcony. It was during the act that Wannipa fell from to the ground.

After the accident, he grabbed his and Wannipa’s mobile phones before leaving and moving to a rented room.

Apichai said the suspect denied the charges, saying he had no intention of causing Wannipa’s death.

 

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30335742

 

247 News at the cutting edge again. It's taken only 17 months to get that posted! 🙂

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I think it was a follow up artical. Thai Visa put it up 5 days ago. My knowledge of the exrtradition process is limited, but I am assuming that it has taken quite a while for the UK and Thai authorities to sort out.

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