- BUT WILL HIS DEATH BE SOLVED? -
- From ANDREW DRUMMOND, Bangkok -
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Their father, former property and night club owner David Farrell, ended up with nothing but his state pension, after marrying 26-year-old Kanorit Chiangchai – the impoverished daughter of a rice farmer.
All he had to lose was the roof over his head and attempts were made to take that too, said the two sisters, before his beaten body was found on the second floor of his home in Bang Saray, near Pattaya, Thailand.
Lois Farrell, 45, and Nicky Farrell, from Brighton Road, Wallasey, Merseyside, have asked police to investigate the bride their father had just divorced.
|David Farrell with Konakrit - Kanchanaburi - Thailand - in happier days|
“When I last visited him his house was beautiful with lots of works of art and pre-Raphaelite painting. All that had gone. All that was left was tacky furniture.
“We warned him about about marrying such a young girl. But he said ’It’s my time now’ and we thought, well he deserves it.”
The sisters said they did not realise their father’s marriage had collapsed. They had divorced in May. They believe their father had been embarrassed to tell them.
|David Farrell's pool villa|
Before his death however in an sms his wife had also demanded he hand over the house ‘before you dead’ which she had already tried to sell behind his back but failed to do so because she needed his signature, said Lois.
|Alan Jameson and Lois|
“He was scared of her and her family. He had put three heavy locks on his bedroom door, but in the week he died he stayed two nights at my house.”
The sisters fear that the police investigation has been hampered as Koranit’s cousin is a policeman at the station where the enquiry is based. While trying to sell the house a policeman, they said, had also accompanied Koranit.
They had found his house deeds in a secret compartment
|Lois and Nicky with police in Sattahip - Thailand|
These may reveal little or too much. Pictures taken when the police went to the scene of the tragedy show many people including reporters and photographers trampling about.