Suspect held in murder of Thai man found near Netanya
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Suspect held in murder of Thai man found near Netanya

Arrested man, also Thai, has lived in Israel illegally for five years; court sends him to psychiatric evaluation

Illustrative photo of an agricultural field in Israel, May 7, 2013. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an agricultural field in Israel, May 7, 2013. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

The Sharon District Police arrested on Saturday a 36-year-old Thai man suspected of murdering another Thai man two weeks ago.

The victim was found dead in the village of Kadima-Tzoran on the outskirts of Netanya.

The body of the man, identified by authorities as a 41-year-old agricultural laborer, was discovered in living facilities adjacent to the strawberry packing house in the village, police said.

Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene said the man had suffered a head wound and showed signs of violence on his body. He was declared dead at the scene.

Police have ruled out a terror attack, but said an initial inquiry raised the possibility of a homicide.

After two days’ search, police located the suspect, who had also come to Israel on a worker’s visa, and took him into custody.

His work visa had expired five years earlier, police said.

On Saturday, the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court extended his remand until Wednesday, and sent him to a psychiatric evaluation, according to Israel Radio.

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