Three tourists charged over death of Russian webcam model found dead on Thai island – Reuters


Holidaymakers have been arrested after webcam girl Evgenia Smirnova, 37, dove from an eighth-floor balcony in Phuket, Thailand.

Holidaymakers have been arrested after webcam girl Evgenia Smirnova dove from an eighth floor balcony in Phuket

Three tourists face up to 10 years in prison each after being charged with the death of a Russian adult model found dead on a Thai island.

Holidaymakers were arrested after webcam girl Evgenia Smirnova, 37, dove from an eighth-floor balcony in Phuket, Thailand in the early hours of the morning on May 31.

Jamaal Smith, 38, from the United States, was detained with Natalia Kosenkova, 35, from Russia and Ahmad Radi Mustafa Alatoom, 28, from Jordan.

Police have now charged each of them with ‘recklessness causing death’ after drugs, alcohol and used condoms were found in the bedroom at the Emerald Terrace Resort, near the notorious red-light district from Patong on the island.







Natalia Kosenkova, 35, Russian citizen, eyewitness to the tragic fall of Evgenia Smirnova
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Evgenia’s body was found lying face down on the ground
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Police chief Lt. Gen. Amphon Buarapphon said: “The three suspects have been charged with recklessness causing death. The investigation is not complete. Further evidence is still being collected and there could be other charges.”

Emerald Terrace Resort staff told police that four people, including Evgenia, were staying in the 8th floor room and there was a spiral staircase outside her room that connected to the 7th floor.

Police said the fall occurred at the condominium building in the city’s Phrabarami Road area. It is a short walk from the Bangla Road red-light district, popular with Russian, Australian and British sex tourists.







Police have now charged each person with ‘recklessness causing death’
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Police at the scene found bottles, glasses of alcohol, an unwrapped condom, an open black condom cover, an ashtray and cigarettes in the room. The sliding door to the room remained open and there were no signs of intrusion and theft of property in the room.

Evgenia’s body was found lying face down, wearing a dark blue dress with red patterns. Her head was bleeding and in her right hand she clutched strands of hair.

She reportedly had social media accounts under a pseudonym and live-streamed on an adult site until shortly before her death.

In one video, she introduced herself as, “Hey, I’m a web model. Glad to see you in my room.

She traveled to Phuket in Thailand on May 25 and her body was found in the early hours of Tuesday.







Evgenia’s body was found lying face down at the scene
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Following the incident in the bustling nightlife district, Kosenkova was arrested along with two men on suspicion of drug use, according to the Bangkok Post.

Police reports cite a “sex, drugs and alcohol party” at the Emerald Terrace condominium complex in Patong, Phuket, where Smirnova died.

The woman who was arrested said she was later released and denied Thai media reports that the party involved sex and drugs, despite claims that condom wrappers and finely crafted cannabis ground had been found by Thai authorities, notoriously strict when it comes to drug use.

She said: “I didn’t know Evgenia Smirnova until that evening. I didn’t know the girl, she just came to the party where we were.

“And she called her friend, who also came over and behaved inappropriately.

“I can say that me and my friend, whom I have known for a long time, behaved with dignity and decency.

“The police trust us. The police say they don’t care about us.

Smirnova was originally from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia but had moved to the capital city of Moscow.

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