10 September 2020 :
Killers of an Edinburgh millionaire and his Thai wife have had their death sentences overturned, news media reported on 7 September 2020.
The bodies of Alan Hogg, 64, and his Thai wife Nhot Suddaen, 61, were found buried beneath a duck pond in the garden of their luxury 32-acre mansion in Phrae province.
Nhot’s brother Warut Rattanasajjakit, 64, planned the double murder of his sister and brother-in-law and hired two professional hitmen 50,000 baht (£1199) to help him kill the couple.
Warut paid Kittipong Kamwan, 25, and Phia Kamsai, 64, to shoot wealthy businessman Alan, originally from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, with a shotgun while he bludgeoned his sister to death using a car wrench in September 2018.
The killers then dug a hole outside the couple’s home to bury them.
The couple’s bodies were discovered by sniffer dogs after they were reported missing and a police investigation began.
Detectives were able to connect the brother-in-law to the killings when the couple’s new white Ford Ranger was bought in Laos for £9800.
After watching TV news reports, the car buyer 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 £4600 after the murders.
Warut and the two hitmen confessed to murder and concealing the body while Utpamoon admitted acting as an “agent’ to help with the plan.
It emerged that Warut had fallen out with Alan and Nhot, who got married in Edinburgh in 1986.
He had become jealous of Alan’s wealth, which he had used to build a luxury mansion while Nhot’s brother lived in a wooden hut next door.
All three were found guilty last May of premeditated murder at Phrae Provincial Court and sentenced to death by lethal injection.
But the couple’s daughter Robyn Hogg, 33, has said the family have now been informed her parents’ killers will no longer face the death penalty.
The businesswoman, who lives in Glasgow, said: “The death sentences were retracted, we only found out about it last week.