Three Thai women, termed ‘murder babes’, have been sentenced to 127 years imprisonment for the murder of their colleague on May 10, 2017.
The case has been one of the most startling cases in Thailand. The three women, who have been labeled as the ‘Thai murder babes’, killed and dismembered the body of Warissara Klinjui, their 23-year-old karaoke bar colleague – and they became unlikely celebrities for it.
25-year-old Preeyanuch Nonwangchai, 26-year-old Kawita Ratchada, and 28-year-old Apiwan Satayabundit murdered their fellow worker last year in the city of Khon Kaen.
Nonwangchai and Rachada confessed to the murder, after which their sentence was reduced to 34 years and 6 months for cooperation and confession. Satayabundit was sentenced to 33 years and 9 months in jail.
Wasin Namprom, male driver, was found guilty of being an accomplice to the murder and conspiring to destroy and hide the body. Namprom was sentenced to 23 years, 4 months and 20 days. Along with this, the murderers were ordered to pay 1.07 million baht ($33437.5) in support of the family of Klinjui, and 100,000 baht ($3,125) for the expenses of the funeral.
According to Daily Mail, the victim, Warissara Klinjui, used to work with Nonwangchai and Ratchada in a local bar where prostitutes could be hired for the night. The three had an argument after Warissara Klinjui failed to return $1,500, which she had borrowed from Nonwangchai and Ratchada.
However, the main quarrel started when Klinjui reported Nonwangchai’s boyfriend for being involved in the sale of drugs. Nonwangchai and Ratchada convinced Klinjui to get into a rented car with them on the pretext of discussing a job offer together. She was seen getting into the car through CCTV footage, local Thai news reported.
Nonwangchai covered Klinjui’s face with a plastic bag and strangled her to death. The two then called up Satayabundit and Namprom, so that they could help chop up Klinjui’s body and bury it.
News of Warissara Klinjui’s murder soon became viral, as the national news centrers picked it up. Surprisingly, people in Thailand actually began to root for the ‘murder babes’.
Some praised the murder babes for ‘having a pure heart and a sense of responsibility’, while others started selling ‘murder babes’ merchandise – including keychains and posters – to ‘honor’ the suspects.
As soon as the news of the death came out, law enforcement linked the three women to the murder case. However, the trio had already escaped to neighboring country Laos.
In Laos, the group started to look for jobs in massage parlors under false identities to avoid being caught. Soon after, however, they were arrested while they were out shopping for ‘designer clothes’.
However, the real controversy started when pictures of the ‘murder babes’ laughing, smoking, and posing for selfies with police officers were published. More pictures emerged on the Internet, which showed the heartless suspects putting on makeup, wearing night masks, and taking photos while holding up peace signs.
The ringleader of the murder, Nonwangchai, has been nick-named ‘butcher Praew’. She was a regular user of methamphetamine and charged up to 5,000 baht a night for her prostitution services, which included the occasional drug-fueled intercourse.