A jealous brother-in-law and two assassins have been sentenced to death in Thailand for the murders of a British expat and his Thai wife.
Retired gasoline technician Alan Hogg, 64, and his wife Nhot Suddaen, 61, were discovered buried in the 32-acre garden of their mansion in Phrae, northern Thailand in September.
The jealous brother-in-law Warut Satchakit, 63, hired Kittipong Kamwan, 24, to kill Nhot with a hammer while his friend Phia Kamsai, 63, shot Mr. Hogg with a gun.
Phrae's provincial court ruled on Friday – a fourth suspect, Sima Uppamun, 60, had his sentence converted to 25 years in prison for cooperating in the investigation.
Alan Hogg, 64, (right) and wife Nhot, 61, with their brand new pickup truck, who was stolen in their murder
Warut Satchakit (photo), 63, the brother-in-law of British millionaire Alan Hogg, 64, has been sentenced to death – he was jealous of Mr. Hogg's wealth
Phia Kamsai (63) shot Mr. Hogg twice, once in the chest and once in the head, detectives said
Businessman Alan Hogg, 64, and his wife Nhot, 61, were reported missing last September and found six days later in a six foot hole in their yard
Mr. Hogg's body was buried a few days later next to his wife in a six foot hole behind a duck pond on the grounds of their vast house.
Warut and the two assassins claimed to have killed and concealed the corpse, while Uppamun admitted acting as a & # 39; agent & # 39; to help Warut with the plan.
The Phrae provincial court sentenced the three murderers to death today by lethal injection, but they have 30 days to appeal the verdict.
If the appeal is unsuccessful, they will be secretly executed by the state within a few days of the hearing.
The Hogg family was in court today to hear the verdict, but refused to speak to the media.
The couple's daughter, Robyn Hogg, a 31-year-old production assistant, flew to Thailand from the UK last year when she discovered her parents were missing.
Forensic police checks Alan Hogg's car, 64, after it was stolen and recovered – it was an important piece of evidence to bring the brother-in-law to justice
The bodies were found by underground detection dogs behind a duck pond on the grounds of their mansion
The son of murderer Phia Kamsai, 63, also attended the hearing, but when he spoke afterwards, he said he should not see his father.
When he spoke in a black and white football shirt, he said: & # 39; I have still not had contact with my father since this happened. My mother sent me a letter today about the conviction.
& # 39; I will not be allowed to see him again. I was working abroad when this happened and only knew when I saw the news. & # 39;
After the brutal double murder last year, it turned out that Warut had gone out with Alan and Nhot because of a long-running family feud.
He had always been jealous of the wealth of Alan, who had used the retired Brit to build a luxury country house while living in a shabby wooden cabin next door.
Warut was & # 39; angry and angry & # 39; because he was called & # 39; by the businessman, Mr. Hogg, & # 39; because he was constantly borrowing money from the couple, the police said.
The police were able to connect the brother-in-law to the murders when the brand-new white Ford Ranger was bought by a man in Laos for £ 8,800.
After viewing television reports, the car buyer immediately contacted the authorities and sent the vehicle back, telling them that he had bought it from mountain people in Sukhothai.
It turned out that Warut had sold it to the tribe for £ 4,600 after the murders.
Pictured: the couple together. Mr. Hogg, a former engineer, had been involved with various companies in the UK and was an active director of a laundry company in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh.
Friends of the couple said: & We will always remember your smiling faces and the boundless generosity you have shown to two starting sailors. We are stunned
Mr. Hogg, a former engineer, had been involved with various companies in the UK and was an active director of a laundry company in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh.
He was listed as an active director of Clayfull Ltd, which operates a dry cleaning company called PLS Laundy in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh.
He was also a former director of Sherwood Edinburgh Limited. M. Hogg previously worked as an engineer and his profession is listed as Offshore Construction Manager.
He and his wife regularly traveled to Australia, where Mr. Hogg previously worked, for long vacations.
Buren described his wife as & # 39; the most beautiful woman in the city & # 39; and said Mr. Hogg & # 39; very friendly & # 39; and often helped them.
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