Tasaphol Haekla, 35, has allegedly claimed during interrogation that he killed Kewelin Hongthong, 28, and her mother Wimol Hongthong, 48 when the latter tried to stop their wedding by increasing the sin sod, (bride price for her daughter), from 500,000 baht to 2 million baht report the Bangkok Post.
Police arrested the alleged killer in the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap on Monday, four days after he killed and her mother at a garage in Chon Buri’s Muang district.
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He said his fiancee's mother told her daughter she had to stop seeing him once he explained he could not afford the sin sod. He then apparently told police that he had initially only intended to kill his future mother in law.
Tasaphol said he danced his way out of the crime scene because he felt released from pressure and did not know he had been caught on the garage’s security camera. He claimed he did not mean to ridicule the victims.
Under Thailand family law, betrothal is not valid until the man gives or transfers property known as a khongman. This serves as evidence the marriage will take place. A sin sod is given to the parents, adopted parents or guardian of the woman, in exchange for her agreement to marry.
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