Brit accused of murdering Thai prostitute and stuffing body in suitcase

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A Brit accused of murdering a Thai prostitute before fleeing to Ibiza will be extradited to Thailand.

Shane Looker, 51, is set to face trial in Bangkok over the death of Laxami 'Pook' Manochat, 31, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase.

Her remains were found in November 2014, a week after her disappearance, StokeonTrentLive reports.

The case had been weighted down with rocks and thrown into the Mae Klong River, a spot 95miles away from the capital Bangkok.

Looker, from Stoke-on-Trent, sparked a global manhunt after he was identified in CCTV footage walking hand-in-hand with her in Bangkok before her death.

The pair had left the Rainbow 4 go-go bar in the Nana Plaza region on November 1, 2014.

Looker allegedly fled the country and was eventually arrested in Ibiza, Spain in 2017.

He denies murder and his legal team has been fighting extradition ever since.

But the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has now ruled Looker should face justice in Thailand.

The ruling came after case files were submitted by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok.

Thai authorities have reportedly offered assurances required under EU law he will not face the death penalty or be mistreated.

Looker had allegedly already left by the time police received a tip-off and went to the address with a search warrant.

According to reports, the shorts and T-shirt he wore when he was captured on CCTV with Ms Manochat were found at the property.

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Back in February 2015, he insisted he did not kill her and said he was preparing to hand himself into police.

He said at the time: "Yes, I did know her. I'm happy to accept that I spent time with her.

"She is a bar girl that I knew previously and I accept that I paid the bar fine. There is no way in the world that I'd ever hurt any woman let alone kill her.

"This is a despicable crime which I vehemently deny. I look forward to proving my innocence in the fullness of time.”

In 2017, the Spanish High Court ruled he should be returned to Thailand to face trial.

His lawyers lodged a series of appeals and the case reached the European Court of Justice.

Judges have now said his legal battle against extradition could not succeed on the basis of "failure to exhaust domestic remedies".

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