Man­hunt launched af­ter mur­der sus­pect flees

Po­lice have called on In­ter­pol to help lo­cate a Bri­tish teacher wanted af­ter the body of his col­league was found in his apart­ment on 39th Street.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - YE MON TOE WAI AUNG

AN in­ter­na­tional man­hunt is un­der way fol­low­ing the sus­pected mur­der of a 47-year-old Bri­tish cit­i­zen in down­town Yangon on Novem­ber 5.

The body of Peter Gary Ferguson was found on Novem­ber 6 in the apart­ment of his col­league Har­ris Binotti. Both men worked as teach­ers at Yangon’s Hori­zon In­ter­na­tional School.

Lo­cal po­lice have named Mr Binotti as the prime sus­pect in Mr Ferguson’s mur­der and a case has been opened un­der sec­tion 302 of the pe­nal code.

Myan­mar po­lice said they are work­ing in co­op­er­a­tion with In­ter­pol, fol­low­ing re­ports that Mr Binotti had left the coun­try.

The po­lice report said Mr Ferguson had sus­tained in­juries to his head and chest.

“We are still wait­ing for the re­sults of the post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion, and the body is cur­rently at the morgue of Yangon Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal,” said Po­lice Cap­tain Toe Myo, head of the Kyauk­tada My­oma Po­lice Sta­tion.

“The crim­i­nal ran away in the evening of Novem­ber 5 on Thai Air­ways. Now, only his girl­friend is left here. Cur­rently, we are con­duct­ing [our in­ves­ti­ga­tion] with the help of the em­bassies,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to sources work­ing on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Mr Ferguson and his wife Su­patchaya Si­chom­por, a Thai cit­i­zen, went to a party with Mr Binotti and his girl­friend Elsie Devolder at a ho­tel in Thaketa town­ship on the evening of Novem­ber 4.

Af­ter the party, Mr Ferguson went back to the home of Mr Binotti and Ms Devolder on 39th Street in Kyauk­tada town­ship. At 4am on Novem­ber 5, Ms Devolder called Ms Su­patchaya to say that Mr Binotto and Mr Ferguson were fight­ing.

The po­lice report said that when Ms Su­patchaya called her hus­band at 6:30am, Mr Binotti had an­swered and told her that Mr Ferguson was sleep­ing. She called again at mid­day but got no an­swer.

“Elsie Devolder came to the home of Ms Su­patichaya Si­chom­por and then they went to the 39th Street first-floor apart­ment at 6am on Novem­ber 6,” said the po­lice report.

The neigh­bours said they had heard loud voices on Novem­ber 5 at around 4am, but thought noth­ing of it as au­di­ble quar­rels be­tween Mr Binotti and Ms Devolder had not been un­com­mon in the two months the pair had lived in the apart­ment.

Ko Myo Kyaw, who lives on the ground floor, said he only heard about the mur­der af­ter the po­lice came to the apart­ment.

“I saw a guest came to the apart­ment on Fri­day and I heard a girl’s voice say ‘Go ... Go!’ But [it didn’t oc­cur to me it could] be a mur­der case,” he said.

Po­lice have not as yet de­tained any­one else in re­la­tion to the case. A woman be­lieved to be Ms Devolder was seen tak­ing be­long­ings from the apart­ment yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, be­fore leav­ing in a taxi.

Prom­i­nent lawyer U Ko Ni said ac­tion will be taken un­der Myan­mar law, if au­thor­i­ties were to pur­sue an ex­tra­di­tion or­der. If ar­rested in the UK, a le­gal case could be opened there as well.

“Myan­mar au­thor­i­ties can re­quest the re­turn of the crim­i­nal if In­ter­pol ar­rests him. But there would need to be an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment be­tween Myan­mar and the coun­try he’s caught in,” U Ko Ni said.

Mr Ferguson had worked at Hori­zon In­ter­na­tional School since 2013.

An of­fi­cial from Hori­zon In­ter­na­tional School told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that Mr Ferguson and Mr Binotti were thought to have had a good re­la­tion­ship. Both had showed up to work on Novem­ber 4 and left to­gether, said an of­fi­cial from the school.

“We didn’t see them with any sign of anger.”

A Bri­tish em­bassy spokesper­son said yes­ter­day, “We are pro­vid­ing help and sup­port to the fam­ily of a Bri­tish na­tional fol­low­ing a death and are in touch with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.”

‘Myan­mar au­thor­i­ties can re­quest the re­turn of the crim­i­nal if In­ter­pol ar­rests him.’

U Ko Ni Lawyer

Photo: AFP

A po­lice of­fi­cer stands guard out­side Hori­zon In­ter­na­tional School, where a mur­dered Bri­tish teacher and the sus­pect both worked.

Photo: Zarni Phyo

A man walks down the stair­well at the ad­dress where a 47-year-old Bri­ton was found dead on Novem­ber 6.

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