Australian Antonio Bagnato sentenced to death in Thailand over Hells Angel murder

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Bangkok: Australian man Antonio Bagnato has been found guilty and sentenced to death by a Thai court for his role in the 2015 abduction and murder of Hells Angels gang member Wayne Schneider.

Antonio Bagnato, 28, was charged over the abduction and killing of Schneider, a former Hells Angel bikie, at a villa complex in the seaside resort of Pattaya, 150 kilometres from Bangkok, in 2015.

Australian man sentenced to death in Thailand

A Thai court has sentenced Australian man Antonio Bagnato to death for his role in the 2015 abduction and murder of Hells Angels gang member Wayne Schneider. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.

Bagnato, a kickboxer and one-time business associate of Schneider, had pleaded not guilty.

He and 22-year-old American Tyler Gerard were arrested soon after the murder. Bagnato was detained in a hotel in Phnom Penh while Gerard was arrested as he attempted to cross the Thai border into Cambodia.

Schneider's naked body was found days later in a shallow grave about 30 kilometres from the luxury villa where the initial assault occurred.

At a court appearance in November, Bagnato was identified by two witnesses as being present at the scene of Schneider's abduction when he was bundled into a utility.

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