Film star's son denies murder, accuses surgeon of rape attempt

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.13 - 2023 3:33 PM CET

Photo: Police photo
Photo: Police photo

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In a high-profile murder case in Thailand, the primary suspect, Daniel Sancho, has vehemently denied allegations of premeditated murder while making a shocking accusation.

The case, which has captivated audiences in Spain and Colombia, involves the alleged murder of a 44-year-old Colombian surgeon, Edwin Arrieta, in a rented bungalow on August 2, 2023.

The Incident and Allegations

The suspect, Daniel Sancho, 29, is the son of Spanish film star Rodolfo Sancho. He was arrested on August 3, 2023, accused of killing and dismembering Arrieta in Koh Phangnan, Thailand. According to reports, parts of the surgeon's body were scattered around the island, although not all have been recovered.

During a recent court hearing, Sancho's defense argued that the death of Arrieta was accidental, resulting from a physical altercation.

Sancho claims he was defending himself against a rape attempt by Arrieta. He alleges that during the struggle, Arrieta hit his head against a bathroom sink, leading to his death. This narrative is partly supported by Sancho's injuries and bite marks that match Arrieta's dental records.

Challenges to the Defense's Narrative

The defense faces challenges, particularly regarding Sancho's purchase of knives, gloves, trash bags, sponges, and cleaning agents before Arrieta's visit.

This evidence could suggest premeditation. Additionally, the nature of the injuries to Arrieta's skull and the lack of the upper torso make it difficult to determine the exact cause of death.

Potential Legal Outcomes

Sancho risks the death penalty if found guilty of premeditated murder. His father is assisting with legal support, hoping for extradition to Spain if a prison sentence is imposed.

The next court hearing is expected on November 27, where the prosecution will present its evidence, with a verdict likely between February and April of next year.

This case has drawn significant attention due to the involvement of a celebrity's son and the gruesome nature of the crime.

The defense's strategy seems to hinge on proving the lack of premeditation, which could potentially spare Sancho from the death penalty.