A Ukrainian model was found brutally hacked to pieces with a saw at a luxury apartment in Thailand she shared with her Polish boyfriend – who allegedly used Google Translate to ask for help disposing of her body.
Alona Savchenko, 27, had checked into the Key Sathorn-Charoenraj hotel-apartment in Bangkok with her partner Jan Jerzy Lagoda-Filippow, 25, on Saturday, April 29.
The Pole had an advertising business registered in Covent Garden, London, and Alona had previously done photoshoots for him.
The couple looked happy together as they entered the hotel and CCTV footage from the corridor shows the pair smiling as they walked towards their room.
But security guards became suspicious on the morning of May 15 when the Polish tourist left the building, alone and in a hurry, dragging his luggage with him and seemingly very nervous.
Lagoda-Filippow flagged down a taxi, whose driver Surachai Sabaibang later called the hotel to inform them of the Pole’s erratic behaviour after his passenger allegedly used the Google Translate app to ask for help cutting up a body.
A bloodstained saw was found next to Alona’s body by hotel staff and police
Jan Jerzy Lagoda-Filippow, 25, is suspected of murdering his Ukrainian girlfriend. The Pole had an advertising business registered in Covent Garden, London
Thai paramedics carry the corpse of Savchenko from the hotel
CCTV footage of Lagoda-Filippow’s exit from the hotel shows him shaking as he leaves the lift, lugging his suitcase behind him.
Following Surachai’s call, hotel staff went to check the couple’s room on the 32nd floor and were horrified to find Alona’s dismembered body on the bed.
The young woman’s face was covered in blood and her left hand had been cut off at the wrist.
Her head had also been partially severed with a deep slash from her neck to her left shoulder, and paramedics discovered she had also sustained a stab wound on her chest.
A 2ft-long saw lay coated in blood next to her corpse. Investigators believe Alona had been dead for around a day before being discovered, suggesting she was killed over the weekend prior to Lagoda-Filippow’s attempt to flee.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongpun Phonharn, from the Wat Phraya Krai district station, said: ‘The victim arrived at the condo with her boyfriend on April 29, but he left without her at around noon on May 15.
‘We learned that he had hired a taxi to take him to Sa Kaeo province. He was likely trying to cross the border to Cambodia.’
The couple looked happy together as they entered the hotel and CCTV footage from the corridor shows the pair smiling as they walked towards their room
Two weeks later, Lagoda-Filippow left the hotel in a hurry, dragging his luggage alone and looking nervous, according to CCTV footage and security guards
Officers contacted taxi driver Surachai for questioning following the grisly discovery.
The driver said: ‘I picked up the suspicious passenger, who told me through Google Translate that he wanted to play at a casino. When he could not find a suitable place to play, he then asked me through the app to help dismember his girlfriend’s body for 1,500 baht ($44).’
Disturbed by the alarming request, Surachai reportedly dropped Jan off at a hotel in Bangkok’s Sathorn district before calling the condominium where he had stayed.
With border officials put on alert shortly after hotel staff made the gruesome discovery of Alona’s dismembered corpse, Lagoda-Filippow was caught on Monday evening at the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint 135 miles away in Sa Kaeo province.
He was detained at the Wat Phraya Krai Police Station for interrogation while police informed the Polish Embassy of his arrest. Investigations are ongoing.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongpun Phonharn added: ‘The suspect was very calm when he was arrested. It was about 4am this morning when he was caught.
‘He drank coffee as normal in his cell and started exercising, like it was his normal morning routine. He did not say anything.
‘We have contacted the Polish Embassy, and made arrangements for embassy officials to arrive later today.’