The son of a Spanish film star has pleaded not guilty in Thailand to most charges related to the death of a Colombian surgeon whose dismembered body was found on a popular tourist island, officials said on Monday. ALSO READ: Spanish actor’s son arrested in Thailand on suspicion of murder.
Daniel Sancho Bronchalo, 29, was indicted by prosecutors last month over the death of Edwin Arrieta Arteaga, whose remains were found stuffed in plastic bags at a landfill on Ko Pha Ngan, an island famous for its rave-style ‘full moon parties’. The indictment laid out the charges of premeditated murder, concealment of the body and destruction of other people’s documents.
The Ko Samui Provincial Court and the local prosecutor said Sancho pleaded not guilty to two of the charges. Spain’s EFE news agency reported that sources close to his family said he pleaded not guilty to the murder and destruction of documents charges but pleaded guilty to the charge of hiding the victim’s body.
The charge of premeditated murder carries a possible death penalty.