September 6, 1997 in Nation/World

Prince’s Young Widow Charged With Poisoning His Coffee

Compiled From Wire Services

Prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against the widow of a prince found poisoned in his palace two years ago, the Bangkok Post reported Friday.

The suspect, 27-year-old Mom Chalasai Choopwa - better known by her nickname, “Baby Fish” - was released on an unspecified bond.

Police said the widow confessed in July that she dumped liquid flea killer into the coffee of her husband, Prince Thitipan Ukol, 60.

She said she only meant to render her husband unconscious so she could slip away to be with her lover, a street vendor who sold chestnuts. She later said her confession was coerced.

The widow faces a possible death penalty if convicted.

Her husband, Prince Thitipan, was a close relative of Thailand’s monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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