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Briton wanted in Thai murder case found guilty of fraud in Cambodia

Toby James Nelhams photographed in the waiting area of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court earlier this year.
Toby James Nelhams photographed in the waiting area of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court earlier this year. Lok Samret

Briton wanted in Thai murder case found guilty of fraud in Cambodia

A British national wanted in connection with a murder in Thailand was sentenced to prison for eight months over fraud accusations in Cambodia on Thursday.

Toby Nelhams had been charged with entering and working in Cambodia without a passport, working without a work permit, using fake documents and fraud. However, he was only found guilty of fraud, according to his lawyer Suon Virak Panha.

Thai police have identified Nelhams as the alleged “mastermind” behind the January murder of Tony Kenway in Pattaya over a business dispute.

Kenway was reportedly shot by South African Abel Caldeira Bonita, with Briton Miles Dicken Turner driving the getaway motorbike. The pair were last seen entering Cambodia the following day.

Nelhams was arrested on February 15, and the time served while awaiting a verdict will count towards his sentence, meaning he is scheduled to be released later this month.

Both Cambodian and Thai authorities have been tight-lipped about the possibility of an extradition. The Thai Embassy was closed yesterday but has in the past refused to answer questions on the subject.

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also not responded to requests for comment.

Virak Panha said he had no further information. “I have no information on this; I only defend him for crimes in Cambodia. That’s beyond my knowledge,” he said yesterday.

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