– 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


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