British man wanted over landlord's murder arrested in Thailand

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A British man wanted in the UK over the 2008 murder of his landlord has been arrested in Thailand, police said today.

Stuart Scott Crawford, 44, was picked up on Tuesday after an extradition warrant for the fugitive was issued.



Thai authorities also announced the arrest of a second Briton, David Fletcher, on charges of sexually assaulting children in Cambodia.



Crawford is wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Ryan at the pair's home in Sutton, Surrey.



The 67-year-old's body was found at the address on September 10, 2008, but it is thought he had been dead for a number of days.



The corpse had been rolled in carpet and pinned under a bookcase to conceal it.



A post-mortem examination found that Mr Ryan died as the result of a heavy blow to the head from a blunt instrument.



Crawford, who lived with the victim, fled the UK after the murder. Before leaving, it is alleged that he withdrew £6,500 from Mr Ryan's bank account.



Police in Thailand said the suspect had been living in the country for almost two years. He was arrested at an apartment in the resort of Pattaya.



Crawford is now set to be extradited. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Proceedings continue to return him to the UK."



Meanwhile, Fletcher could be extradited to Cambodia, where he is wanted over child sex offences.



He had been awaiting deportation from Thailand after being arrested on June 27 on immigration charges. The sex offender had failed to inform the Thai authorities of a conviction in the UK for raping a 16-year-old girl, a crime he served 18 months in prison for.



Whilst awaiting deportation, Interpol in Cambodia notified the Thai authorities that he was wanted in connection to child sex offences.



A spokesman for the Foreign Office said in relation to Fletcher: "This is a matter for the Thai and Cambodian authorities and we are providing consular assistance to a British national."