– A Thai man accused of murdering Good Samaritan Luke Mitchell is to be extradited to face justice.
Thatiya Terdputham is expected back in Melbourne towards the need of next month after dropping his appeal against extradition in a Thai court.
Mr Mitchell, 29, was repeatedly stabbed and kicked outside a convenience store in Sydney Road, Brunswick, minutes after breaking up a fight in May 2009.
Three men wanted by police over the killing fled Australia just hours after the vicious attack. It is understood a second Thai apprehended over the killing will continue to fight extradition proceedings.
A third remains at large.
Mr Mitchell’s brother, Shane, who was told by police of the development yesterday, welcomed the news his family had been awaiting since the men were captured in Thailand in 2010.
“Obviously we’re quite pleased it is starting to move forward,” he said.
“It has been a long time. Obviously the family is pleased that we’ve got a bot of a result.
“He’s given up the fight over there, but we expect another fight here.”
Victorian detectives have worked tirelessly with Thai authorities in their effort to bring the men back.
Mr Terdputham was 35 when he was nabbed on October 31st, 2010 – a little under a month after his alleged accomplice, Surad Seehaverachart, was arrested by Royal Thai Police.
Almost a year later, Mr Terdputham wept when a Bangkok Criminal Court judge ruled that he and Mr Seehaverachart would have to return to Melbourne to face charges of murdering the Sanctuary Lakes man.
The pair immediately appealed against the decision, arguing that they could not get a fair trial in Victoria because of racism.
Mr Mitchell’s senseless death shocked Melbourne.
Then police chief commissioner Simon Overland declared that catching the killers was his top priority.
More than 700 mourners attended Mr Mitchell’s funeral at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the city – Wayne Flower

Police at the crime scene

Thatiya Terdputham and Surad Seehaverachart


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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