Brit who ‘killed wife after she refused sex‘ dies in Thai prison

ACCUSED: Kevin Smitham was accused of strangling his wife to death after she refused sex (Pic: VIRAL PRESS)

The Foreign Office has confirmed Kevin Smitham, 51, from Nottingham, was found at the base of Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani Central Prison.

He had been locked up in the jail awaiting trial over the brutal suspected murder of his Thai wife Kandra Smitham, 29, on April 15 last year.

The couple, who had two young children together, had been staying with Mrs Smitham’s parents in the northeast of the country for the Songkran New Year festival.

But then horror struck as the wife’s body was found by shocked neighbours under a blanket early on April 16.

INJURED: Kevin died after being found with injuries in prison (Pic: VIRAL PRESS)

Police claimed at the time that Mr Smitham attacked her, covered her body and then went to bed.

He was arrested and held in custody, but was discovered with fatal injuries close to an outbuilding on the perimeter of the prison several months later. He died later in hospital.

It is not known how he received the injuries.

His death last August has been publicly confirmed by the Foreign Office only this week.

BEHIND BARS: Kevin had been in custody awaiting trial over his wife‘s death (Pic: VIRAL PRESS)

An FCO spokesperson said: “Our staff are providing support and advice to the family of a British man who died in Thailand in August 2018, and they remain in touch with the local authorities.”

The couple had lived together in the popular beach resort of Pattaya on the east coast, where Mrs Smitham was a well-known fitness enthusiast who ran a Facebook page with over 28,000 followers.

Inspector General Watcharapol Pimwong, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Det Udom district, said at the time: “I arrived and found a woman lying naked in front of the house and called officials from the rescue foundation.

“The woman was Kandra Smitham, age 29.

“The victim had a blanket covering her. There were many bruises on the face and body. She had been dead for several hours.

UNKNOWN: It is not known how Kevin sustained his injuries in prison (Pic: VIRAL PRESS)

“The victim‘s husband confessed to killing his wife. He said that he did not mean to kill her.

“Last night he and his wife had beer until late at night. He went to sleep in the house. During the drinking and eating, suddenly they started arguing because he wanted to have sex.

“His wife refused and this caused jealousy. He thought that the wife had been courting other men.

“He said he attack her with his foot, kicked her to face and body several times.

“The wife ran away from home and fell in front of the house. He left his wife like that by covering the blanket to cover it. Then went to bed.”

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