Brit, 51, who ‘murdered Thai hooker in 2014’ to be extradited from Spain

Clarification: Laxami Manochat, 31, was found naked inside the suitcase alongside her black high heels, dress and pink thong which had also been stuffed inside.

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A Brit accused of murdering a Thai hooker in 2014 before fleeing to Spain is to be extradited following a ruling by European judges.

Tourist Shane Kenneth Looker, 51, picked up the pretty strip club dancer Laxami Manochat, 31, on the second night of his holiday in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 1.

However, shocked cops found her dismembered body stuffed into a suitcase dumped in a river 95 miles away in Kanchanaburi province on November 9. She was still wearing black stilettos, a black dress and a pink thong.

CCTV footage from the Hot Lips bar in the Nana Plaza – a sprawling three-storey complex of gogo bars – showed the well-built Brit leaving with petite Laxami, whose nickname was ‘Pook’.

Cops began searching for Looker but he allegedly later fled across the country’s southern border with Malaysia before returning to his home in Ibiza, where he is said to have owned a hotel.

Spanish police arrested Looker, from Stoke, in June 2017 and he was remanded in custody amid legal struggles to have him sent to Thailand where prosecutors had built a case against him. The Spanish High Court ruled in July 2017 that he should be extradited but Looker’s legal team lodged a series of appeals in 2018 and 2019.

The European Court of Human Rights sitting in Strasbourg has now ruled last Tuesday (May 25) that Looker should be extradited from Spain to face justice in Thailand.

They cited extensive case files submitted by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok which allegedly prove that Looker was the man who had murdered the Thai woman.

Thai authorities have also reportedly offered assurances required under EU law that Looker will not face the death penalty or be mistreated.

Ruling on the case, top EU judges also slammed allegedly deliberate attempts by Looker’s legal team to delay the case through a series of appeals.

The court claimed Looker’s could not succeed on the basis of ‘failure to exhaust domestic remedies’.

‘The applicant knew that he could have lodged an appeal for Amparo against the judicial decision of the Spanish High Court during the extradition process,’ it declared.

Looker’s legal representative Jason Coghlan had previously claimed that his client denied any involvement in the death of the woman.

He said: ‘He has told me categorically he had absolutely nothing to do with this woman’s murder.’