The murder of an Englishman living in Phuket appears to be the result of a dispute over a real estate transaction. The victim has been identified as 61 year-old Kenneth Stuart, the owner of a real estate company in Phuket.
Police found the body of Stuart lying on his bed. He was bludgeoned on the head with a blunt object, which remains unfound. The offices and bedroom were ransacked in an attempt to find something of value.
Stuart’s body was found by his 26 year-old office manager who found the man’s dead body when she arrived for work on Monday morning as usual. Police and forensics experts are checking bottles of rice whiskey outside the shop for fingerprints.
She described Stuart as a peaceful quiet man, and had no idea who would want to murder him. Police speculate that the attackers meant to kill Stuart and find something valuable inside his house. The only thing missing was his laptop, which could have contained useful information to someone.
Revenge could also be a motive, as Stuart was recently involved in a fight with some local security guards. This murder was the second in Phuket involving a real estate businessman. The last murder of a Canadian man happened just a week earlier, and police have yet to solve that crime.