Pattaya Provincial Court yesterday convicted Antonio Bagnato, an Australian national, to death after finding him guilty in a kidnap and murder conspiracy of his fellow countryman Wayne Rodney Schneider, a Hells Angles motorcycle gang member in November 2015.

Another American suspect Tyler Gerard was also convicted to two years in prison for his involvement in the abduction and murder of Schneider from his home in Pattaya on November 30, 2015.

Three other suspects in the murder conspiracy are still at large.

The kidnapped 38-year-old Australian Hells Angles motorcycle gang member Wayne Rodney Schneider was found dead at a roadside bush in Sattahip district in Chonburi province.

His naked and tatooed body was found buried 2 metres deep under the ground at a roadside bush on the road from Viharn Sien Chinese temple to Khao Cheechan hill in Sattahip.

He was kidnapped by five masked men driving in a pick-up truck in the seaside tourist city of Pattaya from his rented home in Jomtien Park Villas housing estate.

Bagnato fled to Cambodia but was arrested by Cambodian police in a raid on the cheap hotel in Phnom Penh. He was later extradited to Thailand.

21-year old American, identified as Tyler Gerard, was arrested at a border crossing in Sa Kaew province as he tried to leave the country for Cambodia.

Both were charged for allegedly conspiring with three others to kidnap Mr Schneider from his home in Pattaya, and murder.

Schneider had a long criminal history dating back at least 10 years and was on a watchlist for Australian police.

Mr Schneider had been arrested for drug trafficking, obstruction of justice, and involvement in the theft of 5 million baht from a Melbourne casino. In 2007, he was on New South Wales' most wanted list for 18 months over the shooting of a bouncer outside the Sapphire Suite nightclub in Kings Cross in 2006.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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