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    Thai police INVESTIGATION? Yah, pardon me while I laugh. 5555

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    Kiwi's killer has manslaughter conviction overturned, changed to murder

    Last updated 05:00, December 20 2015

    More than three years after bribing his way out of a Thai police cell, the killer of a New Zealand man has finally been found guilty of murder.

    Robert Hollick, 43, was stabbed to death at a bar in tourist hot spot Pattaya in 2012.

    After the frenzied attack, which was sparked by an argument about Hollick's dog, Thai police arrested and charged Swede Andreas Ringvall with his murder.

    But Ringvall left the country two months later in unusual circumstances, after paying 500,000 baht, more than $20,000, in bail.

    Investigations revealed Ringvall had changed his name to Andreas Karlsson and started a new life in the small town of Nynashamn, Sweden, where he was working as a labour.

    Following a request by Thai authorities, Stockholm police arrested Ringvall in July last year and charged him with murder.

    At the trial, flaws in the Thai police's investigation and a lack of witnesses resulted in the court convicting Ringvall of manslaughter instead and sentenced him to 18 months' jail. He was released soon after.

    Now, the Swedish national has been sentenced to 10 years' jail after the Court of Appeal in his home country overturned the earlier decision.

    Swedish police have also revealed that the Thai judge believed to have accepted a bribe from Ringvall has been arrested on corruption charges.

    STORY SO FAR

    August 21, 2012: Robert Hollick is stabbed three times in the neck and dies after a bar fight in Pattaya. Swedish man Andreas Ringvall is arrested and charged with murder. His girlfriend is also detained but later released.

    August 24: Ringvall is granted bail after paying 500,000 baht (more than $20,000 at the time) and given his passport, but the immigration service is told not to let him leave the country.

    August 27: Documents released under the Official Information Act show an unknown person calls the New Zealand embassy in Bangkok and says he has heard Ringvall will try to abscond while on bail. The embassy tells the person to contact police and makes its own inquiries, but has little success.

    October 28: Ringvall is granted permission by the Pattaya court to leave Thailand for two weeks. He flies to Sweden and fails to return.

    November 19: The New Zealand embassy formally asks the courts for information, but finds out little.

    December 14: A warrant is issued in Thailand for Ringvall's arrest, and his bail guarantor is fined.

    Late December: Hollick's mother, Anne, hears from a friend of her son that Ringvall has fled Thailand.

    January 2013: The Thai ambassador to New Zealand writes to reassure Anne Hollick he will look into the matter.

    June: After repeated inquiries to Thai and Swedish authorities, Thai Interpol decides to request the extradition of Ringvall from Sweden, or that he be tried for murder in his homeland.

    July 2013: It is revealed Ringvall has changed his name and is living in a small fishing village, working as a labourer.

    July 2014: Swedish police arrest Ringvall and charge him with murder.

    March 2015: After problems with the evidence and witnesses, Hollick is found not guilty of murder and sentenced to 18 months' jail for manslaughter.

    December 2015: The Swedish Court of Appeal overturns the verdict and finds Ringvall guilty of murder.

    More at Kiwi's killer has manslaughter conviction overturned, changed to murder | Stuff.co.nz
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    Shame the Swedes can't get involved with the farce at Koh Tao as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Shame the Swedes can't get involved with the farce at Koh Tao as well...
    The same Swedes who took a year to arrest and charge the accused after being requested to do so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minder View Post
    The same Swedes who took a year to arrest and charge the accused after being requested to do so?
    They'll be a big help...555
    At least they arrest the correct guy... 55
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