By Kritmet Loho
Priyanuch made the admission during a hearing of defence witnesses on Wednesday, with the final hearings scheduled for Thursday in which three codefendants, Kawita Rachada, 26, Apiwan Satayabundit, 28, and Wasin Namprom, 22, were also to take the stand.
The four defendants face charges of premeditated murder, destroying and hiding a body, theft, illegal detention and carrying knives in a public place.
Defence lawyer Boonyong Kaewfainok said his team had presented evidence to prove that Warisara’s killing did not constitute premeditated murder but instead was manslaughter, based on the definition of killing a person without the intention to do so.
He added that defendants had bought the materials and equipment to dismember and conceal the body after Warisara was already dead, which indicated a lack of premeditation.
Boonyong said four defendants had admitted to charges of concealing the body, while the fifth defendant, Jidarat Phromkhun, 21, claimed she was not involved in the act and pled guilty to receiving stolen items at the first court session on February 20.
Jidarat also testified on Wednesday as she remains as a defendant until the final ruling for all the defendants given allegations of a criminal conspiracy.
Boonyong said the Bt10-million compensation demanded by Warisara’s family in a civil lawsuit was excessive, but the issue would be decided in that trial.