A jealous brother-in-law and two hitmen have been sentenced to death in Thailand for the murders of a British expat and his Thai wife.
Retired petrol engineer 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 batter Nhot to death with a hammer while his friend Phia Kamsai, 63, blasted Mr Hogg with a shotgun.
The Phrae Provincial Court issued its verdict Friday – a fourth defendant, Sima Uppamun, 60, had his sentence commuted to 25 years in prison for cooperating with the investigation.
Alan Hogg, 64, (right) and wife Nhot, 61, with their brand new pick-up truck, which was stolen in their murder
Warut Satchakit (pictured), 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 garden
Mr Hogg’s body was found a few days later buried alongside his wife in a six foot hole behind a duck pond in the grounds of their sprawling home.
Warut and the two hit men confessed to murder and concealing the body while Uppamun admitted acting as an ‘agent’ to help Warut with the plan.
The Phrae Provincial Court today sentenced the three killers to death by lethal injection but they will have 30 days to appeal the ruling.
If the appeal is not successful, they will be executed in secret by the state within a few days of the hearing.
Mr Hogg’s relatives were at the court today to hear the judgement but declined to speak with the media.
The couple’s daughter Robyn Hogg, a 31-year-old production assistant, flew to Thailand from the UK last year when she found out her parents were missing.
Forensic police check the car of Alan Hogg, 64, after it was stolen and recovered – it was a key piece of evidence in bringing the brother-in-law to justice
The bodies were found by sniffer dogs under the ground behind a duck pond in the grounds of their mansion
The son of killer Phia Kamsai, 63, also attended the hearing, but speaking afterwards he said that he would not be allowed to see his father.
Speaking after in a black and white football shirt, he said: ‘I still haven’t had contact with my father since this happened. My mother sent a letter to me about the sentencing today.
‘I will not be allowed to see him again. I was working abroad when this happened and only knew when I saw in the news.’
Following the brutal double murder last year, it emerged that Warut had fallen out with Alan and Nhot over a long-running family feud.
He had become increasingly jealous at Alan’s wealth, which the retired Brit had used to build a luxury mansion while he lived in a shabby wooden hut next door.
Warut was ‘angry and resentful’ at being ‘scolded’ by businessman Mr Hogg for constantly borrowing money from the couple, police said.
Police were able to connect the brother-in-law to the killings when the couple’s brand new white Ford Ranger was bought by a man in Laos for £9,800.
After watching television news reports, the car buyer immediately contacted the authorities and returned the vehicle, telling them he had bought it from hill tribe people in Sukhothai.
It transpired 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 several businesses 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 limitless generosity you showed to two novice sailors. We are numb’
Mr Hogg, a former engineer, had been involved with several businesses 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 firm called PLS Laundy in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh.
He was also a former director of Sherwood Edinburgh Limited. Mr Hogg previously worked as an engineer and his occupation is listed as Offshore Construction Manager.
He and his wife travelled regularly to Australia, where Mr Hogg previously worked, for lengthy holidays.
Neighbours described his wife as ‘the most beautiful woman in the town’ and said that Mr Hogg was ‘very friendly’ and often helped them.