British Kevin Smitham is arrested for ‘kicking his Thai wife Kanda to death when she refused to have sex with him
The British man is in police custody after allegedly kicking his wife to death in a fit of rage.
Kevin Smitham, 51, reportedly beat his wife Kanda, 29, after she refused to have sex with him and he accused her of having an affair.
Locals said they heard the pair arguing at about 10pm on Sunday evening.
Police said he kicked her to death and then covered her body over with a blanket.
However, it wasn’t until the next morning that a local monk found the woman’s body outside the house in Det Udom district, Ubon Ratchathani.
Police arrived and found fitness fanatic Kanda’s body – in only underwear – on the ground in front of the family’s single-storey home this morning at 6.30am.
Officers said they found Kevin standing by the side of the building. He allegedly confessed that he had repeatedly kicked Kanda to death.
Inspector General Watcharapol Pimwong, deputy chief of staff in the Det Udom district, said today that Kevin had been arrested and was in custody.
He explained: ‘I arrived and found a woman lying naked in front of the house and called officials from the rescue foundation. The woman was Kanda Smitham, age 29.
‘The victim had a blanket covering her. There were many bruises on the face and body. She had been dead for several hours.’
The couple had lived together in Pattaya and have two children together. Like many people during the Songkran holiday, they were visiting her relatives in the northeastern Isan region.
They had stayed up late on Sunday drinking beer, according to police.
Police said that this morning Kevin was standing by the side of the building and was ‘hung over’ after spending the previous night drinking.
Inspector General Pimwong added: ‘The victim’s husband confessed to killing his wife. He said that he did not mean to kill her.
‘Last night he and his wife had beer until late at night. He went to sleep in the house. During the drinking and eating, suddenly they started arguing because he wanted to have sex.
‘His wife refused and this caused jealousy. He thought that the wife had been courting other men.
‘He said he attacked her with his foot, kicked her to [the] face and body several times.
‘The wife ran away from home and fell in front of the house. He left his wife like that by covering the blanket to cover it. Then went to bed.’
Officers have sent Kanda’s body for a post mortem examination to find the cause of death. Kevin is being held in custody while police continue to investigate.
The couple are residents of Pattaya and have three children together.
They had been visiting the woman’s relatives in Ubon Ratchathani to celebrate Songkran.
According to her Facebook page, Kanda Smitham ran a popular fitness Facebook page, which had more than 28,000 followers.