Murder Suspect Accused Of Killing 3-Year-Old Girl Out On Bail

Chaiphol Wipha

Chaiphol Wipha, the suspect in the notorious “Nong Chompoo” murder case, has been granted bail on conditions that include a ban on overseas travel, his lawyer said yesterday.

The Mukdahan Provincial Court set bail at 180,000 baht in cash in exchange for his temporary release, said Sittra Biabangkerd.

The Ban Kok Toom village chief has been appointed to ensure that Chaiphol strictly follows the conditions, according to the court.

Chaiphol, 44, faces multiple charges stemming from the death last year of his three-year-old niece. He was flown to the Kok Toom police station from Bangkok for the charges to be officially pressed on the same day.

“Nong Chompoo” was found dead on a mountain near Ban Kok Kork in Dong Luang district of Mukdahan in May last year. The subsequent investigation of her death turned into a media circus, with her uncle achieving brief celebrity status as some people believed he was unfairly suspected of the crime.

Chaiphol has denied the charges.