The Australian police charged a man for the murder of a Thai citizen whose body was found tied and gagged alongside a road in Sydney, Australia, according to ABC News.
Alex Dion, 38, was extradited from the United States to Australia under the supervision of armed guards and was accused of the murder of Wachira "Mario" Phetmang on arrival in 2018.
ABC News says a truck driver found Phetmang body bound plastic wrapped and covered in a mattress protector last June. The cruel autopsy showed that he was on the recipient of more than 20 wounds in the head, which produced several skull fractures.
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An arrest warrant was issued to Dion in September while he was already in police custody for a separate domestic violence against San Diego.
Phetmang, 33, was last seen live on May 25 at a petrol station in southern suburb of South Hurstville. He was a former café and spa employee who had lived in Australia over the past ten years, reported ABC News.
According to the search description, Dion called the police after holding a press conference asking the public for help in the case and attempting to blame Phetmang's killing while admitting he had Phetmang's credit cards and cell phones with him in San Diego.
Dion, a US citizen believed to have left Australia on May 27, just over a week before the body was found and identified.
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He told the police that he had met Phetmang at the gas station to buy meth, but that he left when their employee appeared. The police say the story does not match the surveillance recordings in the area.
Dion was denied bail and will meet in court on Monday.