The Australian Embassy in Thailand is aware of the incident.
“Staff at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok are providing consular assistance to an Australian man arrested in Thailand,” said an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson.
“Due to our privacy obligations, we are unable to comment further.”
Gao, a Chinese-born Australian, has lived in Thailand for the past 12 years, police said.
However, he maintained ties to his hometown of Melbourne.
He purchased an 880-square-meter vacant lot in Point Cook, Melbourne in January 2020, according to property records. He was listed in the records of the unit in Doncaster, a suburb of Melbourne, at the time of purchase.
The property, located on the Sanctuary Lakes property, has been touted as a place to “build your dream home and take your lifestyle to a new level,” and the realtor has described it as a “prestigious island location with panoramic ocean views.” advertised.
Police said Gao was being held in a solitary confinement in a courthouse where he appeared in court last weekend and was being transferred to a detention center in the city.
Under Thai law, you can be denied bail for up to 84 days while the police conduct an investigation.
His mother, who is believed to have become a Thai citizen, owns a company that manufactures plastic pellets and is based in Pathumthani province, an hour’s drive north of Bangkok.
Police said Gao did not try to flee when officers rushed to the apartment.
Liu’s body was sent to the Police General Hospital in central Bangkok for an autopsy.
Get direct notes from foreign correspondents on what’s trending around the world. Sign up for our weekly What in the World newsletter here.
Australian man charged with shooting dead mother in Bangkok
Source link Australian man charged with shooting dead mother in Bangkok