Thai man sentenced to death for murder of Russian tourists

Other News Materials 3 September 2007 15:50 (UTC +04:00)

( RIA Novosti ) - A Thai national, who murdered two Russian female tourists in Jomthien, 70 miles southeast of Bangkok, in February, has been sentenced to death, a Russian embassy spokesman in Bangkok said Monday.

Tatiana Tsimfer, 30, and Lyubov Svirkova, 25, were shot dead while sitting on the beach on the night of February 24 in the popular tourist resort of Pattaya.

Anuchit Lamlert, 24, who confessed in court to having committed the murders, was found guilty of five crimes: murder, attempted armed robbery, illegal possession of a fire arm, discharging a weapon in a public place, and using drugs.

Lamlert, who had a previous criminal record for robbing foreigners, said earlier his only goal was to rob the women, but he had to shoot them as they were yelling and screaming.

"The court considered the suspect guilty of all charges and sentenced him to death," Alexei Bulkin said.

The spokesman said Lamlert could still appeal against his sentence.