Australian police have charged a particular person extradited from the US with assassinate within the death of a Thai national, whose physique was discovered walk and gagged on the side of a Sydney avenue

This May 25, 2018 image from surveillance video released by the New South Wales Police Force shows Wachira

digicam(The Associated Press) This May per chance well maybe 25, 2018 image from surveillance video launched by the New South Wales Police Power presentations Wachira “Mario” Phetmang, 33, entering a service pronounce in South Hurstville, a suburb of Sydney. Authorities have acknowledged an American suspect within the killing of Phetmang, a Thai national whose battered physique was discovered walk, gagged and wrapped in plastic on the side of a avenue in a excessive-profile case in Australia, in accordance to a federal search warrant obtained Tuesday, April 9. 2019. (New South Wales Police thru AP)

Australian police on Sunday charged a particular person extradited from the US with assassinate within the death of a Thai national, whose physique was discovered walk and gagged on the side of a Sydney avenue.

Alex Dion, 38, was charged with the 2018 assassinate of Wachira “Mario” Phetmang after he arrived in Sydney from California below police guard.

The arrest warrant for Dion was issued in September whereas he already was in custody on a domestic violence charge in San Diego.

Phetmang’s physique was discovered by a truck driver final June walk, gagged and wrapped in plastic, lined in a mattress protector. An submit-mortem of his physique discovered he suffered extra than 20 wounds to his head and had extra than one skull fractures.

The 33-twelve months-venerable ragged cafe and spa employee had been residing in Australia for a minimal of the final 10 years, and was a permanent resident at the time of his death. He was final seen alive on May per chance well maybe 25 at a petroleum pronounce within the Sydney suburb of South Hurstville.

Dion, a U.S. national, is believed to have left Australia on May per chance well maybe 27 — extra than a week sooner than the physique was discovered and formal identification was made.

When Australian police held a news conference searching for the overall public’s abet within the case, Dion called them and tried accountable an associate for Phetmang’s killing, whereas also acknowledging that he had Phetmang’s credit cards and cellphones with him in San Diego, in accordance to the search warrant.

Dion suggested police that he had met Phetmang at the gas pronounce to hold meth but that he left when their associate confirmed up, a story police voice is contradicted by surveillance photographs.

Dion was refused bail and ought to appear at a court docket on Monday.

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