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American extradited to Australia charged with murder of Thai

AP  |  Sydney 

on Sunday charged a man extradited from the with murder in the death of a Thai national, whose body was found bound and gagged on the side of a road.

Alex Dion, 38, was charged with the 2018 murder of after he arrived in from under

The arrest warrant for Dion was issued in September while he already was in custody on a domestic violence charge in

Phetmang's body was discovered by a last June bound, gagged and wrapped in plastic, covered in a mattress protector.

An autopsy of his body found he suffered more than 20 wounds to his head and had multiple skull fractures.

The 33-year-old former cafe and spa worker had been living in for at least the last 10 years, and was a permanent resident at the time of his death.

He was last seen alive on May 25 at a petrol station in the suburb of South Hurstville.

Dion, a US national, is believed to have left on May 27 more than a week before the body was found and formal identification was made.

When held a conference seeking the public's help in the case, Dion called them and tried to blame an associate for Phetmang's killing, while also acknowledging that he had Phetmang's credit cards and cellphones with him in San Diego, according to the

Dion told police that he had met Phetmang at the to buy meth but that he left when their associate showed up, a story police say is contradicted by surveillance footage.

Dion was refused bail and will appear at a court on Monday.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 13:30 IST