British man arrested after Thai prostitute plunges to her death during balcony sex
A British tourist has been arrested on suspicion of ‘negligence causing others to die’ after a prostitute fell over a balcony to her death in Thailand.
Reece Vella, 25, was arrested in a bar on Sunday following the horrific death of Wannipa Janhuathon, 26.
She fell to her death after the pair were said to be having ‘strange and extravagant sex’ on the balcony of a 5th floor apartment in notorious tourist hot spot, Pattaya.
She suffered severe head injuries and multiple fractures when she plunged naked to the floor below.
A half-used packet of Viagra gel was discovered nearby, it is reported.
She was found by the building’s security guard Kriengsak Khamchachai, 23, who said he heard a ‘loud crash’. He then walked over and saw Wannipa lying in a pool of blood before he called for help.
Paramedics arrived and performed CPR on Wannipa – who was still alive – but she was later pronounced dead in hospital.
The bar girl, also known by her nickname Joy, was working at Sky Bar in the city’s busy Soi 6 street which is lined with hundreds of prostitutes working in bars and massage parlours after moving from her home town in Sakon Nakhon province.
Police said that Vella, from Birmingham, had arrived at the bar where Wannipa was working and agreed to a fee of 1,500 baht- the equivalent of £35- before going to a nearby apartment block with her.
He admitted to police that he had taken the prostitute back to his rented room and ‘had sex in the bedroom then on the balcony before she fell’.
They accused him of fleeing the scene because his visa has expired and he is wanted over the theft of a motorcycle.
The footage taken during his arrest on Sunday shows police removing two mobile phones, police saying one of the handsets belonged to Wannipa.
Staff at the venue where she worked said Wannipa was one of the ‘happiest, friendliest girls anybody could wish to meet’.
They added in a statement: ‘As many of you know we lost our beautiful Joy [on Saturday] morning.
‘The place will not be the same without Joy’s big cheeky smile and sense of humour.
‘She really was a very special girl and left a lasting impression on all of us. She will remain in our hearts forever.’
In footage from the arrest , the tourist – who arrived in Thailand between three and four months ago – is heard asking to be un-cuffed and laughing as he says: ‘Can I have a cigarette now’
Thai police have said that, ‘The foreign suspect will be processed and prosecuted in accordance with the law.’