A heartbroken dad believes his vulnerable young son fell under the spell of a brutal Thai drug dealer before being coaxed to his death by a 15-year-old methamphetamine addict. Steven Graham, a successful British businessman, engaged with his son’s suspected killer bitterly.
The 60-year-old screamed at Chaitwat ‘Wat’ Boongarin, while being held back by police: “Look me in the eyes, you b******!”.
Woramet Ben Taota, 16, the son of Mr Graham and 50-year-old Ooy Tontan, was found battered to death in woodland near the northern Thai village he had been raised in by his mum last Sunday.
The devastated parents believe their boy was the victim of a sickening honeytrap, as a 15-year-old girl, who went by the nickname Ping Pong, lured him into the woods, where they believe he encountered Wat.
The gut wrenching tragedy became more disturbing today, as the body of Ping Pong, whose real name was Suraphltchaya Khamsa, was also discovered by the authorities.
Police staged a reconstruction in the jungle outside of Lampang in the north of Thailand. Ms Khamsa was last seen on the back of Ben Taota’s blue motorcycle.
In an exclusive interview with the MailOnline, the bereft parents of young Ben, emotionally detailed what they believe took place: “Ben was lured to meet his killer in some kind of honey trap set by this young girl.
“She is only 15. She and Ben have known each other since they were young. They were close. But she is believed to have been in a relationship with this man Wat.
“He had recently been released from prison and it is clear he was a prolific drug dealer. A very evil man.”
Chaiwat Boongarin is being interrogated by police and it is alleged he admitted the killing of Ben but not of Suraphltchaya. The 44-year-old is a convicted child sex offender and drug dealer who was let out of prison a mere eight months previously.
As if Mr Graham’s ordeal had not been despairing enough, he encountered his son’s suspected killer during the police reconstruction, having only been off the plane from the UK for a matter of hours.
The confrontation took place in front of TV cameras, and the devastated dad blasted the 44-year-old in foul-mouthed tirade. Mum Ooy, tearfully told the publication: “For me, Ben was everything. He was my heart, my soul. I gave him all of me.”
Ben’s body was discovered the morning after the two youngsters went missing. A local litter picker found the deceased teenager four miles from his village, in among the bushes.
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Mr Graham received a phone call at 7am on the Sunday morning following the incident to learn that his son was dead. He said following the phone call everything went “grey”.
Authorities believe Ben may have been caught up in a drug deal, which was why he ventured into the woodland with Suraphltchaya.
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