Worst nightmare

Scene of a murder in Maple Cresecent, Leigh
Scene of a murder in Maple Cresecent, Leigh

THE family of a murdered Leigh woman today broke their silence over her savage killing.

Rickie Nehls was this week beginning a life sentence for strangling his 28-year-old Thai wife Pornpilai Srisroy to death at their home earlier this year.

The 30-year-old from Maple Crescent, Leigh, must serve at least 12 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

A Preston Court trial had heard that Nehls, also known as Rickie La-Touche, had “flipped” at his allegedly domineering wife when she got angry with him, told him she would make his life hell and threatened to leave him.

He throttled her to death in the bedroom and then went to his mother’s home to tell her what he had done.

In court Nehls admitted manslaughter but denied murder. However, a jury found him guilty of the more serious crime by a majority of 10 to one.

Pornpilai’s mother, Tui Srisoy, today led the tributes to the woman who was known by family and friends as Boom Nehls.

She said: “A mother’s worst nightmare: to have your only daughter fall in love, marry and move to a country the other side of the world. Then to hear by telephone she has been brutally killed by the man to whom you entrusted her, your son-in-law.

“Boom was a beautiful young lady and only 28 years old at the time of her death. Although small in stature she had a big heart and brought happiness to her friends and family.

“She was also a talented artist and a loving mother to her daughter, aged only two years. She will be sorely missed.”

Tui also said that she would like to thank all those who have helped and supported her. Firstly to Greater Manchester Police, in particular to Mark Denham, the family liaison officer. Secondly to Ruth from Victim Support. Thirdly to Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield and finally to the Thai community of the North West.

Tui also added that she is a Buddhist and will not soil her daughter’s memory with thoughts of hatred towards her killer.

Boom will remain in her thoughts for the rest of her life. She trusts her son-in-law will remain in prison until he ceases to be a danger, if ever, to others.

Senior investigating officer Andy Tattersall said: “La-Touche will now have to live the rest of his life with the awful knowledge that he is responsible for killing his wife.”