Thai pharma manager murdered in UK ‘A friend to all’

Thai pharma manager murdered in UK ‘A friend to all’

November 19th, 2012 // 4:03 pm @

The body of Khanokporn Satjawat, 42, was found in the female toilets at the the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow where she was attending the 11th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection.

Her body was found in a pool of blood and she had suffered blows to the head and body.

A G4S security guard, Clive Carter, 34, has been charged over the murder and is expected to make a second court appearance on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Bristol-Myers Squibb, the company Khanokporn worked for, said it was “shocked and saddened by the events surrounding our colleague’s death”.

“Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time and we are providing them with the support they need,” said the spokeswoman.

Before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Khanokporn worked for Japan’s biggest drug company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, for eight months based in Bangkok.

“She was a quiet person. I never saw her argue or fight with anyone at work,” said a former Takeda colleague who identified herself as Nui.

“She was a hardworking single woman. Her life was all about work. She formed a ‘single ladies group’ with other colleagues at Takeda. Though we were not that close, it is sad to see a good person like her end up this way.”

Another former colleague described Khanokporn, who worked as a product manager, as polite and pleasant.

“At her previous workplace, her job required her to travel to attend important meetings and conferences in other countries all the time,” he added.

Khanokporn Satjawat was originally from Chachoengsao province. Both her father and mother have already passed away, according to Ms Nui.

She lived alone in a large three-bedroom condominium at Bangna Place where staff last week remembered her as a friendly person.

“Ms Khanokporn’s younger sister just stopped by here today,” said a condo employee on Friday. “She told us that Ms Khanokporn’s body will return to Thailand within one to two weeks.”

One of the security guards said Khanokporn travelled overseas three to four times a month and he used to call a taxi to take her to the airport.

“She was a very quiet person, but we all know she was one of the nicest people who stayed in this condominium. She was very friendly,” he said.

“I can’t believe anyone would ever think about hurting her. She was a very nice person.”

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