Sunday, 26 June 2022

‘Man Sex Love’ lucks out, old guy's pride, bridge too far

Unwelcome foreplay

Cholthee “Man” Laisamut

A Songkhla jailbird with the words “Sex Love” tattooed on his eyelids has apologised for robbing local women whom he also took to a local motel.

Singha Nakhon police last week nabbed Cholthee “Man” Laisamut, 29 or “Man Sex Love” as he styles himself, after he robbed two women in the area and took them to the motel, or “resort” in Thai, where he hoped to have his way with them. Both escaped and alerted police.

The incidents took place on June 8 and 18. Man, who is only recently out of prison and admitted his misdeeds, has the word “Sex” tattooed on his right eyelid, and “Love” on his left.

Women do not get the pleasure of seeing his tattoo work until he has his eyes closed, so it is not normally visible. However, his nickname hasn’t proved helpful in his most recent offending, as he robs people before taking them to the resort. Naturally enough, they flee the scene as soon as they can.

Police found him with a stolen motorbike, two mobile phones, cash and an ATM card. They also confiscated a fake gun.

Most media attention focused on the June 8 incident when Man pulled up alongside a woman outside Songkhla Hospital. Kem (assumed name) was riding a white Honda Scoopy motorcycle, which Man was to steal, along with her gold jewellery and 200 baht in cash.

He said the spark plugs in his bike were worn out and asked her to help tow his vehicle to a relative’s place near Ko Yo where he would change it.

Kem said a woman friend was travelling on the rear of Man’s bike. At one point in their lengthy journey Man sent off his friend on his ailing bike to the relative’s place to change the vehicle, while Man stayed with Kem.

However, when they reunited the woman told him she had yet to swap the bike so Man changed his plan and asked Kem to take him to a resort where he would switch the bike there for another vehicle.

Kem said she asked if he would be much longer as she had to get home to her husband.

Shortly after, he started to threaten her. She jumped off the bike but he grabbed her belongings, whipped out his gun and forced her to get back on the back.

“I begged for my life, saying I had already given him everything. I ran looking for help but could find no one.

“When I saw people at a street corner near a factory I called out for help and jumped off again, but everyone scattered in fear.

“I hit my head on the road but was able to get help from a passing motorist,” she said.

Earlier, after robbing her of her valuables but before she made her second run for freedom, he took her to the resort. Man paid staff for the room, but Kem refused to go inside. They stayed half an hour before Man was forced to take her elsewhere.

After Kem fled, Man took her motorbike to get repainted black and removed its licence plate. However, he did not sell the bike, he told the police proudly, as if to mitigate his crime.

Police say he picks on women and has a lengthy record. The woman who fell victim to the June 18 robbery said the circumstances were similar: Man robbed her, then took her to the resort to force her to have sex. However, she too was able to flee.

Following his arrest, a third victim also came forward, aged 63, to say Man had done the same thing to her. Police charged him with indecency, drug offences, and robbery.

He’s out of seed
A policeman with the weapon Mr Chuang used.

An elderly man supposedly upset with a younger friend’s taunts that he had lost his sex drive whacked him over the head with a machete.

Nong Han police in Udon Thani nabbed Sawang “Chuang” Chansri, 80, after he struck his drinking friend, Buarian Chaiyarat, 69, repeatedly over the head.

Mr Buarian miraculously survived. He was treated in Udon Thani Hospital and declared out of danger.

The attack occurred in Nong Sahai sub-district, where Chuang lives alone in a rice-field hut. On the day of the attack, Mr Buarian, a friend from his younger days, dropped in for a drink.

Bailey Khammahung, 55, a neighbour, said Mr Chuang was noisy, generous drinker who likes a good time.

He had been largely alone since his wife of 20 years died. His children and relatives live elsewhere.

Over New Year he found a new woman friend, aged about 60, who moved in, However, the relationship was not to last, with his admirer leaving him at the end of May.

“On the day of the incident we were transplanting rice seedlings when I heard the old man kicking up a fuss.

“I assumed he was abusing his two dogs but it went on and on. I heard the sound of a struggle, and finally he called out for help,” Mr Bailey said.

“Later I saw him holding a machete. He emerged from the hut to say, ‘I killed the bastard’.”

“I told him to go back inside while we alerted the village headman. When he turned up we felt brave enough to enter.

“We found Buarian inside. He wasn’t in fact dead but breathing faintly on the floor. Chuang was still drunk but waited for police to arrive.”

Jamnong Hongkam, 73, another neighbour, said Mr Chuang has a bunch of regular drinking friends including Mr Buarian, who started visiting more often after Mr Chuang’s girlfriend left.

“He liked taunting the old man saying he had no sperm, and couldn’t have sex so his girlfriend had to flee. Mr Buarian would ask why he didn’t give his unsatisfied woman friend to him instead.”

The two started to argue and exchange dares. Mr Chuang, he said, was a rabble-rouser in his youth, and wasn’t going to put up with any teasing. He pulled out the machete and attacked him.

Mr Chuang gives a different version of events. The accused, who admitted attacking the victim, said he and Mr Buarian were bad boys in their youth.

“Buarian boasted of having tough weapon could harm him, he claimed, so I decided to put it to the test.

“I grabbed the machete and stabbed him many times, until he fell over and blood spurted from his head.” This exposed his drinker’s boast as just hollow words, he said.

Police backed his account of what happened, though still charged him with attempting to kill. Given his age, however, and the fact he did not try to flee, they granted him bail at the police investigations stage.

A loser in love
Rescue worker Phuwadol with his patient

A Chiang Mai man who tried to end it all after his love life soured was impressed when his rescue worker told him he had four wives and should try again.

Tom (assumed name), 32, jumped from a bridge in Muang’s Pa Daet sub-district last week, only to wind himself doing so as that spot in the Ping River is only 1 metre deep. When rescue workers arrived they found him floating in the water, crying.

Phuwadol “Tee” Jadklai, 30, head of Kusol Songkhor Chiang Mai Rescue, said he tossed Tom a rescue vest but he wouldn’t return to shore.

“He said his girlfriend had left him for another man and he didn’t want to talk to anyone. He told us to go. I decided to enter the water myself and drag him to shore. He was crying heavily all the way back,” he said.

Back on the riverbank, Tom, who was still upset, said he was married previously for 14 years, and had a daughter aged two, but he and his wife quit seeing each other.

About a month ago he started seeing someone new but they argued and she had now run away with another man.

He drank beer at home before taking his motorcycle to the bridge at 10.10pm. He left his shoes and motorbike on top and jumped, intending to take his own life.

However, he hit a log and injured himself as he didn’t realise it was shallow at that spot. Thwarted in his attempt to drown himself, he refused to see a doctor as the rescue workers advised.

Mr Tee decided to employ some basic psychology, telling Tom that he had four wives and if was in his position, he would simply find someone else, as there were plenty of women out there to choose from.

He opened his phone and showed him a picture of his four wives and kids. The pictures actually belonged to someone else, but Tom did not know that.

When Tom heard that Mr Tee had four wives he was stunned, asked how he did it and if he could be his student.

His tears dissolved and he agreed to see a doctor. Mr Tee accompanied him in the ambulance.

Talking to the media later, he said he doesn’t really have four wives, but one.

“I love her very much though she is starting to get suspicious...she checks my phone often,” he joked.

“I would like to say sorry to her via the media and ask her to understand. I did it [claiming he had four wives] in the name of duty,” he said.

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Roadside disposal, pensioner rage, fancy footwork

Nuisance meets her match

Poltharat ‘Katum’ Sasikulwarakorn

A woman with a reputation for picking fights with the locals was killed by the roadside after hitting a neighbour with her shoe.

Manchasiri police in Khon Kaen nabbed Poltharat “Katum” Sasikulwarakorn, 27, after he bashed Natthapat Nimnuan, 42, his neighbour, about the head with the butt of a cap gun, killing her.

Mr Katum had accidentally collided with Natthapat while on his motorbike, knocking her off her feet. Natthapat, who raised a large number of dogs on her property, was wheeling her pushbike to the shop in Nakha sub-district to buy food for them.

Natthapat cursed him, according to onlookers, took off her shoe and whacked him across the head. Mr Katum, who had a long-running grievance with Natthapat, said his anger boiled over.

He hit her with the butt of his cap gun, even as she ran for safety. She fell to her feet but he kept striking her, ignoring pleas to spare her life.

Natthapat Nimnuan
Mr Katum was heading to a field to hunt for mice when he came across the victim. He carried onto the field to the north of that spot and while there tossed the gun in a lake before heading home to tell his girlfriend what happened.

The roadside killing took place opposite village headman Sinthong Phitsanu’s place. He alerted police to the killing and helped arrange Mr Katum’s surrender.

Mr Sinthong said the victim was in perennial dispute with the neighbours and was always lodging complaints. In Mr Katum’s case, she complained of drug gatherings at his house and accused him of making too much noise.

“She complained to officials, and they went through a conciliation process many times,” he said. Locals overheard Mr Katum tell her, ‘I have told you how many times?’ before the attack took place.

The victim’s mother, Piyathida Nimnuan, 66, said her daughter behaved brashly like a man and spoke bluntly to people.

“I know she had problems with neighbours and I warned her off pursuing the matter, but she wouldn’t listen,” she said from her home, about 300m from the scene of the killing where her daughter’s funeral was being held.

Ms Piyathida was visiting Bangkok but returned after hearing her daughter had been killed. She said the victim had called the day before, asking her to come home.

“She said, ‘aren’t you worried about me, don’t you love me?’ I advised her to stay out of trouble but later that night relatives called to say she was dead.”

Ms Piyathida said she was shocked, as the victim and her neighbours opposite were distant relatives, even though they were at odds.

“I am sure the suspect intended to do it, as he kept going even after she begged for her life,” she said.

Natthapat was her youngest daughter. She has no family other than the dogs, and previously lived in the capital but moved to Khon Kaen.

Mr Katum’s wife, Sai, 24, said her husband is hot-tempered and when angry can’t control himself.

The victim had lodged her latest complaint about them just the day before, accusing them of holding drug parties and making a racket.

“Katum asked me why she had to make a complaint and turn it into a big deal,” she added.

That evening he took someone on an errand into the village then went hunting for mice as usual. “Later, he turned up, apologised and asked me to look after the kids for him."

A friend then sent her a text saying her nuisance neighbour was dead. “I asked Katum if he was responsible and he admitted killing her."

Natthapat herself liked to speak loudly, swear and cause a fuss. However, she would like to beg her family’s forgiveness, as her husband had made a mistake. Police charged Mr Katum with murder.

Age no barrier, but money is

Srithon Khueanphet

A pensioner who was tired of his young fling’s behaviour knifed her to death when she asked him to pay for her alcohol.

Doi Saket police in Chiang Mai nabbed Srithon Khueanphet, 73, for killing Supaporn Kaewseedum, 39, a married woman he had been seeing for a couple of years.

Mr Srithon stabbed her to death outside a shop close to Talad Kwan district office on June 12 after the pair argued over the phone.

Supaporn, who had bought alcohol to drink and was sitting outside a distilled street liquor store, had called her older admirer asking him to pay 500 baht. Mr Srithon complained he had no money, and Supaporn cursed him.

Supaporn Kaewseedum
Onlookers say Mr Srithon turned up on his motorbike moments later. Supaporn, still angry over their argument, hit him with a plastic chair, spurring a warning from the shop owner.

“Don’t do that. That’s for sitting. When you are drunk your behaviour is no good,” he said.

Supaporn didn’t listen, and kept trying to hit the visitor with the chair. Mr Srithon said he lost his patience, took out a kitchen knife he had brought with him and stabbed her.

He said his anger had been building because he could not tolerate her unfaithful behaviour. “She kept making dates to see men even though she was still calling me asking for money,” he grumbled.

The pair had fallen in love after meeting at a funeral two years ago. “I didn’t know then that she had a husband but I thought she was cute. We started talking and I asked for her number. We met constantly after that,” he told reporters from the station following his arrest.

However, while he was seeing her, she kept meeting new admirers. “I saw her calling other men. I wasn’t the only one in her life, so I was not surprised to hear that she had a husband,” he added.

The victim would ask him for money, 2,000-3,000 baht a time. “I am old and have no fixed job. I would give her money that I raised from gambling. My kids live elsewhere and knew about the relationship but didn’t object,” he said.

“I found out 6-7 months ago about her husband, but she kept calling. On the day of the incident she called asking me to pay for her alcohol. When I refused she swore at me.” He scoffed at suggestions he apologise to her husband. "Forget it. What can he do?"

The victim’s husband, Sakdipat Nammala, 41, visiting Doi Saket hospital to view her body, said he was stunned by the attack, and doesn’t understand why Mr Srithon had to do it.

His wife, who sold electrical goods at a department store in Chiang Mai, had told him about her older male friend. “The old man calls my wife and they talk often,” he said.

He was married to the victim for 20 years with a family. Police charged Mr Srithon with murder with intent.

Call the ghost-busters
Some of the footprints which appeared on the floor.

Shaman Mor Pla has poured cold water on an Udon Thani family’s claims that a spirit has left tiny footprints in powder scattered through their ageing home.

Jeeraphan Phetkhao, alias Mor Pla, last week visited the family in Mak Khaeng of Muang district after they asked him to investigate.

Tiny prints had started appearing throughout the two-storey house, including on the first-floor window, fridge, staircase leading upstairs, altar and floor of a bedroom in recent days.

Oraphin Pangpee, 43, the owner, said her father bought the house 10 years ago, and the family has been trying to sell it without success.

“We warned him the feng shui was no good as it is located on a crossroads, but he paid no heed,” she said.

Seven people live there, including five adults, two of whom — daughter Uthairat Uton, 19, and her partner, Phuthanate Yupapin, 19 — claim to be able to communicate with spirits.

However, the tracks, small enough to belong to a child, and imprinted in powder presumably so the occupants can see them, have left them stumped.

Phuthanate Yupapin
Mr Puthanate said he thought their owner was the spirit of a dead child asking someone to make merit so he could be reborn again. He claimed the spirit, or whatever it is, had also thrown a lemon upstairs from the first storey below, so he called him “Lemon”.

“The prints even turned up on my motorbike at work. We didn’t make them ourselves. We are no longer scared, but we want Mor Pla to investigate,” he said.

Ms Uthairat said she had asked folk versed in spirits to come and take a look. “Some said it was a kuman thong (child spirit), others said it was phee kong koi (a one-legged forest ghost).

"I am not sure what the spirit’s motives are, but if I could see him I would like to raise him,” she said.

Ms Oraphin thought at first it might have been her daughter, Nong Chompoo, aged 4, but she denied leaving her prints in powder.

Mor Pla, a celebrity shaman who specialises in outing corrupt and misbehaving monks, spent about an hour at the house chatting to the occupants and examining the prints.

He took photographs of the prints and compared them with fingerprints offered by Ms Uthairat and her partner. He said the prints found in the house bore a strong resemblance to their fingerprints, but it was hard to say whose.

Mor Pla said if a ghost or spirit was to turn up, he would feel it, but as there was no black magic involved they would have to discuss the matter in terms of science.

“The easiest way to prevent it happening is to install CCTV. The ghost has no way of knowing about the camera,” he said.

The family have not said if they intend pursuing their ghostly print claims.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Rejection hurts, marriage no-go, any disguise will do

When a better man calls

Suwan Anumat

A Chiang Mai man with a fondness for the drink killed the new lover of his ex-wife after she spurned his attempts to make up.

Chiang Dao police nabbed Pongdej Nuprom, 52, on June 3 for killing Suwan Anumat, 64, with a crowbar outside a relative’s house following an argument. He also hit his former wife, Sai Dongkaew, 41, when she came out to protect the victim as her two children, aged 7 and 10, looked on.

Mr Pongdej was married to Ms Sai a mere month from Feb 28-March 28 before she quit with him and took up with Suwan, a labourer who had worked with the killer and whom he once regarded as a friend.

Pongdej Nuprom
“I wasn’t sure at first why we had to split up, but her behaviour began to change,” he told police following his arrest. “She was indifferent, like someone who no longer felt any love. She said she was going back to her place in Mae Ai district.”

Ms Sai, who hails from Myanmar, said she was tired of her husband’s nightly drinking habit and lack of interest in work. She complained he was incapable of supporting her and her children, who come from a previous marriage.

In April, Mr Pongdej heard from a friend that she had taken up with Suwan, who lives in the same village, and by the next month, they were openly living together at the victim’s younger sister’s place.

He said he resented his former mate taking up with his ex-wife and believed he was responsible for keeping them apart. He called Ms Sai repeatedly until she blocked his number.

On the night of the attack, he was drinking and started to think of his ex-wife. He called on a relative’s number, impersonating someone called “Uncle Pom”, asking why they had to quit. When that call ended in recriminations, he walked around to see her, taking a crowbar, he said, as protection against wandering dogs.

“I placed it on the fence in front of the house and called out. About 10pm, Suwan came out holding a kitchen knife. He spoke to me insultingly, saying ‘Given you are incapable of supporting her, you needn’t bother coming around here, no one is leaving the house today”.

“I asked him: ‘Did you speak too strongly?’ I was drunk and tried to wrest the knife away but without success, so I grabbed the crowbar and struck him. Sai came out and was hit as well,” Mr Pongdej said.

Mr Pongdej hit Suwan over the head and neck with the crowbar about 10 times, killing him. He fled back to his place about 6km away where he was nabbed the next morning. Ms Sai, who was injured when she tried to stop the fight, needed 14 stitches to treat wounds to her head, back and arm.

Speaking to the media, Mr Pongdej said he wasn’t willing to say sorry to the victim at his funeral because it would be beneath his dignity. However, he was prepared to apologise to his family and his former wife, whom he still loves.

Ms Sai said her ex-husband drank every night and refused to work.

Her children witnessed the attack from behind the front door, as the pane in the door was broken. “I was lucky I locked the door when I went out to help, or he may have attacked them too. I will never love him again after what he did,” she said.

Among the mourners at Suwan’s funeral was his former wife from 16 years ago, Sri Chantapanya, 64, who said he was hard-working but possessive.

Mr Pongdej has also been married once before, according to his mother, while Ms Sai, according to locals, has some five husbands from prior relationships.

Police say Mr Pongdej had told locals that one day he would stab the victim in the head. They charged him with murder with intent, trespass and assault.

Dowry? But we’re partners
Pramote Kamlangkla

A Chaiyaphum man shot his former partner after she insisted they marry if he wanted to move in with her.

Nong Bua Daeng police nabbed Pramote Kamlangkla, 50, for killing Noothong Puangyod, also 50, after she spurned his demands that he move in, days after she attended her ex-husband’s funeral.

He tracked her down to a friend’s house after earlier threatening to take her life. He shot her in the head with barely a word, said her friend, whom the killer also attacked before fleeing.

The pair had been together for 1-2 years after she split up with her ex-husband and father to their two children, but had parted ways before his death, according to the victim’s family.

Noothong Puangyod
The ex-husband died recently from an illness and his funeral had wrapped up just days before. It is unclear why Mr Pramote chose this moment to ask if he could move in.

However, apparently concerned about appearances in the Ban Nong Hai Dai village where she lives, she asked Mr Pramote to take part in a wrist-tying ceremony and pay a dowry of 10,000 baht if he wanted to resume their relationship.

Thanom Kamlangkla, 81, Mr Pramote’s mother, said her son told her before the incident to say he intended to kill Noothong.

He was stressed after she refused to talk to him, and suspected she had found someone else. “He staked out her place for two or three days but she didn’t come home, so he felt resentful,” she told the media.

“She also asked him to marry her, even though they had been together for ages. He helped her family build a house in Si Sa Ket, and the house she lives in now. They also bought a motorcycle together. But when he said he had no money for the dowry, she wouldn’t let him move in.” She pleaded with her son to let bygones be bygones, but he refused.

Noothong sought the shelter of a friend, Thawil Thongdee, 58, at the time of the attack. He said the victim came to see him at 7pm asking if she could stay the night as she wanted to avoid the suspect. He had threatened to kill her and been causing problems over the past week.

“We sat and watched TV until about 9pm when I saw a torchlight outside. I thought it was locals looking for frogs. The light drew closer until I heard Pramote say, ‘Oh, so you’re here, are you’.

“He rushed at her and shot her in the head. There was no argument beforehand, and she had no time to beg for her life.

“Pramote rushed at me too, kicking me in the head and stomping me in the collarbone area. He also hit me with the barrel of his gun,” he said.

The victim’s eldest son, Thawatchai Krajangsri, who works in Bangkok, said the killer and his mother had looked after each other previously for 1-2 years without any dramas.

The motive was partly financial, he said, with the killer asking his mother to help pay for fertiliser or farm equipment. “He had turned up, measured the house, and taken her documents. When my mother found out she laid a complaint and was back only a short time before the shooting occurred,” he said.

Mr Thawatchai, who also has a younger sister who works in the provinces, said he was sad to lose his mum so soon after his father’s death. Police charged Mr Pramote with murder with intent.

He’s done it all before
The burglar wearing a fertiliser bag as a disguise.

Trang police are looking for a thief who wears a trademark fertiliser bag over his head when robbing motor repair shops.

He also wears a football shirt with the number 13 on the back, and is known to have robbed at least two motor repair shops of metal scrap, parts and equipment over the past month.

One of his targets was Boonrod Kan Chang repair shop in Naphla, Muang district, which he robbed on May 22.

Owner Sitthisak Chumekha, 33, said the thief, whom he suspects is a professional, threw a cover over two of the shop’s four CCTV cameras.

Images from the other cameras suggest he was also wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet around his leg. He made off with metal plates, a chain from a backhoe, and equipment worth about 10,000 baht.

“My friends in the trade said the guy wearing the sack has robbed a number of places in Nayong Tai, Ban Pho, Ban Kuan, Naphla, and Thap Thiang sub-districts recently,” he grumbled.

Two days before, the hooded man also robbed a repair shop for 10-wheeler trucks, Boonrod Kan Chang, in Naphla sub-district.

Owners Kosin Phitak and Nattakrit Chanchai, both 39, say the hooded thief made off with gear oil, a grinder, drill, starter motor, diesel oil, storage battery and 10kg of scrap metal, worth about 20,000 baht in total.

“He’s daring. The thief came back to carry stuff away twice in one night. Nor is he scared of the CCTV,” Mr Kosin said.

Sunday, 5 June 2022

Karma goes to work, relatives pall, undies killer strikes

Love-hate coupling sours

Wanna Danpong

A Khon Kaen man vowed his marriage was finally over after his wife’s family complained that he slit her throat. Hours later, he took his own life in a police holding cell.

Wanna Danpong, 55, a labourer, was nabbed for attempted murder after attacking his wife, Tum Thefai, 57, on May 29 outside their home in Nam Phong district. 

“Our karma is over forever and I refuse to apologise to that woman”, he vowed, after his stepdaughter Jittiya Nitthaworn, 35, acting on an injured Ms Tum’s behalf, laid a complaint with Nam Phong police.

He said he intended to kill his wife after she dared him to do so and the fact she survived should spare him from karma’s wrath for his ill deed. However, his family says Wanna was easily put out and did not fancy a jail term so hanged himself in the cell.

Wanna attacked his wife in a field next to Wat Silakhan, about 300m from their home. Ms Tum had left home on foot after an argument with her husband. “If you’re really that smart, kill me,” she said. She walked into the neighbour’s field and challenged him to follow. “I grabbed a kitchen knife intending to do just that,” Wanna told police.

Ms Tum charged at him first, he said, slapping his face. He returned the blow, knocking her off her feet. Wanna then ground his boot into her face and slit her throat with the knife, leaving a wound needing 17 stitches.

He thought he had finished the job, and buried her under a pile of leaves to disguise the deed. However, Ms Tum, her throat slit and bleeding profusely, staged a miracle recovery. “I felt a cool sensation and lost consciousness. However, I came to under pouring rain. I shook off the leaves and staggered back to our house to seek help,” she said.

Wanna, after leaving his wife’s body in the field, went home to scoop up her savings and slept rough under a local bridge. He was heading to a relative’s place the next morning to beg for a chicken when police caught up with him.

Wanna told police the pair had been arguing for years. They would part ways, only to get back together again. On the day of the incident, the two were hired for 500 baht to clear a nearby field. They had split up their earnings and were having a drink when the bickering started. As the insults grew, Ms Tum dared him to kill her.

After being caught he spent most of the day in the holding cell pending legal action. After an evening meal, the duty officer saw him go to sleep and went to the toilet. When he returned, Wanna was dead.

Wanna was wearing a pair of shorts under his jeans and took off the shorts to remove a waist cord. He tied that around his neck, and the shorts to the cell bar to hang himself. His body was sent for an autopsy and an inquiry is underway.

Told about her husband’s fate, an unimpressed Ms Tum said she regretted the loss of her money which he stole after cutting her throat. However, she was prepared to forgive him so any further karma vengeance between them would come to an end.

Ms Jittiya, his stepdaughter, said the couple had been back together only a week since their latest bust-up. Her mother had called Wanna asking him to return. 

“My mother gave him another chance. He has beaten her before, but they like drinking together and arguing,” she said. His funeral was held at Wat Silakhan, metres from where he attacked his wife.

Killer wants clean slate
The crime re-enactment gets out of control.

A Chon Buri man killed two relatives in a drinking circle and was allegedly about to kill his wife and father-in-law when police intervened.

Ban Bueng police nabbed Supaporn “Kan” Charoengnamsap, 38, for shooting two relatives dead and seriously injuring another on May 28 with a handgun he had bought just four days before.

They had chided him previously for his poor behaviour, including his drug-taking habit, and hit him over the head. The shooting took place at a shop in Village 3 of Nong Bon Daeng sub-district. “I vowed to kill them all and on the day of the shooting saw them gathered in a drinking circle outside the dried goods shop,” he told police later.

One report said he drank a beer at a table next to theirs to get up the courage, then went to his home behind the shop to fetch his gun. Another report said he turned up on his motorbike, calmly gave the men a wai, and without saying a word opened fire.

He shot them, godfather-style, one by one. He killed Niphon Thanukaew, 56, and Wichan Yimyaem, 55, and seriously injured Udon Suklert, 50. He shot Niphon first, then Udon. Mr Wichan charged at Mr Kan but he managed to shoot him first. He fell to the side of the road.

Mr Kan fled to his father-in-law’s place in Phanat Nikom district where reports said he intended to kill his wife and her dad. However, police arrived after hearing about the earlier shooting, and he fled into a plantation at the rear of the house.

Police say he seemed spooked, pointing the gun to his own head repeatedly. They talked him down over the next four hours, finally convincing him to lay down the weapon and give up. They seized an 11mm calibre Colt with 21 bullets.

Apologising to her family, Mr Kan’s mother, Jew Saegnui, 58, said her son had a psychiatric condition but stopped taking his meds over a year ago. 

Police were forced to abandon a crime-scene re-enactment when family members charged at him. Police charged Mr Kan with murder with intent, attempted murder and firearms offences.

Panties too much to bear
A Lampang man killed his wife with a small axe after she strung up her underwear over his head.

Ban Sadet police nabbed Sayan Kongkam, 53, for killing Chankaew Puangkhan, 63, outside their shanty-style house in Ban Sadet, Muang district on May 30.

He struck Chankaew’s head with the axe. She also had a broken upper right arm, broken left arm, and showed signs of having been throttled. Mr Sayan, who has been treated for a psychiatric condition for the past four to five years, was waiting for police when they arrived.

He said he attacked his wife after she hung her underwear to dry on the line above the rattan sling bed on which he was resting. Some Thais object to underwear, a lower-body garment associated with base things, being strung above their heads, a “higher” part of the body. “I complained and asked her to move it but she refused,” he told police.

As she was fetching a drink of water from a canteen on the sling bed, he grabbed her arm and attacked her head with the 50cm axe. “I also hit her with the ridge of the axe until she fell over,” he said. 

Next, he grabbed his wife around the throat, forced her to her feet, and struck her with a piece of wood from nearby. She begged for her life but died later from her injuries.

His father, Charoen, 74, said he was tending the pineapple field about 100m away and heard his daughter-in-law screaming. “I rushed over and saw my son beating her with a piece of wood. I tried to wrest the wood away, but was hit in the left eye and left arm. Finally, I begged my son to stop by giving him a wai.”

Mr Charoen said his son takes meds for his condition. “Two months ago, the doctor changed his meds, and my son started behaving strangely. He would not respond in conversation, and was easily irritated.” 

After attacking his wife, Mr Sayan appeared to be seized by remorse. He dragged his wife’s body out to the front of the hut, sat her on his lap and shook her, trying to wake her up. However, she was already dead.

Mr Charoen said he alerted the police, who charged his son with intentional killing. Watcharapol Kladneam, 33, the victim’s son by a previous marriage, travelled to Lampang for the funeral from Bangkok.

He said his mother had assured him she could control Mr Sayan’s erratic behaviour. “When his condition flares, he has fits and is no longer aware of what he is doing. I warned Mum against spending too much time with him alone and urged her to see relatives or head into the community,” he said in tears.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Killer with a guide, inept shooter, suspect calls the movers

Ex-soldier turns dogged hunter


An ex-conscript who killed his ex-girlfriend and new lover says the pair taunted him about their relationship.

Phaya Thai police on Wednesday arrested Pvt Morakot “Chert” Prapharot, 24, for the double killing at the Sa Kaew railway staff housing community in Ratchathewi. Police nabbed him in Pathum Thani where he had gone into hiding.

Pvt Chert shot Pratana “Pla” Kaewkerd, 23, his former girlfriend, and Korakot “Art” Muenprab, 25, her new lover, at his two-storey family home the day before with barely a word.

The killer, who was discharged as an air force conscript just days before, was taken to the house by a mutual friend, Phattanachai “Oil” Inkam, 25, who also lives in the community.

He assumed Pvt Chert simply wanted to clear matters with his ex-girlfriend, who started seeing Art over his objections. “I feel sorry that my actions led to their deaths. We are all friends from school,” he told reporters.

Pvt Chert, accompanied by Mr Oil, had met Art’s mother Kruewan Khampleew, 46, outside moments before. She recognised Mr Oil and assumed Pvt Chert was another childhood friend of her son’s. Neither knew he was carrying a gun.

Pvt Chert, she said, called her over and asked where he could find her son. “He’s sleeping upstairs. Go on up,” she said.

Ms Kruewan was getting ready for work and thought nothing more of it until the shots rang out.

Mr Oil said Pvt Chert had asked him to help track down his ex-girlfriend. He came to see him at home on May 21 and asked whether Pla was living inside the housing community.

“I had no idea. I said if I saw her, I’d let him know.”

Pla, unbeknown to Mr Oil, had moved in with Art the week before, as she was too scared to stay at her own home. Pvt Chert, who would beat her out of jealousy, had threatened to track her down and kill her and her family.

On Tuesday at 1am, Pvt Chert contacted Mr Oil online and asked if Pla was staying with Art.

Art, he said, had told him himself that he was with her. Pvt Chert dared Art to see him and clear the air.

Mr Oil said Pvt Chert turned up at his house at 5am the same day, following their chat online. He asked Mr Oil to escort him to Art’s place, as he didn’t know where he lived. “I saw my friends were having trouble so wanted to help them,” Mr Oil said.

“When we arrived we found Art’s mum outside. I stayed below while Chert went upstairs to see them.

“I heard Chert call out Art’s name and he opened the door. As I was waiting I heard the shots ring out. I ran upstairs, just as Chert was running back in the other direction,” he said.

He found the pair shot dead in their room. Chert had barely spoken a word to them before opening fire, he said. “I didn’t know he had a gun and didn’t take him there to help him carry out his crime,” he said, adding he had apologised to the victims’ families.

Art’s mother said has no hard feelings towards Mr Oil, who was born in the community. She had seen him around since he was a child.

Ratchanok Funchantra, 60, Pla’s mum, said her daughter tried to escape from Pvt Chert many times but he would come after her. “He said if she quit seeing him he would kill us. He scared everyone in the family. In the past week Pla wasn’t game to return home as she was worried we would come to harm, so she moved in with Art,” she said.

After Pvt Chert had done the deed, he sent a gruffly worded message to her gloating that he had killed her daughter.

The young killer told police that the couple sent pictures of them together to taunt him. He bought the .11mm calibre gun he used to shoot them when he was serving as a conscript. Police charged him with intentional killing and firearms matters.

Ex-con bungles shooting

The scene of the shooting.

A jealous former inmate in Trang tried to make good on a promise to kill his ex-girlfriend’s new lover but failed when his gun misfired.

Customers fled in fear when Somlak “Fak” Mobphichit, 33, and his mate, Anusit “Bo” Nurueang, on May 22 opened fire at a makeshift coffee shop at the rear of the Cinta Garden Walking Street in Thab Thiang, Muang district.

CCTV vision shows Fak, who has served time for drug offences, buying a drink from a van converted into a serving area. He casts a sideways glance at a table where his ex-girlfriend, Waraporn, and her new lover, Anucha Anuwongsakul, 31, were sitting.

Mr Anucha and Waraporn were sitting in a group of five, the pair having just returned from Phuket where they had been working to pick up a motor vehicle in the province. A mutual friend invited them for a coffee that night when Fak and his mate showed up.

Waraporn saw her ex-boyfriend first and nudged Mr Anucha to say she had spotted Fak.

Mr Anucha said he was aware that Fak had threatened his girlfriend previously. He had said if he ever met Waraporn and Mr Anucha together he would kill them both.

A moment later, Fak grabbed Mr Anucha in a headlock from behind and demanded he step away from the table to “clear” matters.

After a brief tussle, Mr Anucha refused. “I’m not going, if you want to talk it has to be here,” he said.

Fak then tried hitting Waraporn, though Mr Anucha stepped in to protect her.

“So you want a fight?” Fak asks. He and Mr Bo returned to their pickup and came back carrying handguns.

Fak fired the first shot, but the weapon misfired.

He shot at Mr Anucha again, once again without success.

Mr Anucha saw a table in front so flung it at his attacker and a struggle over the weapon followed.

Fak jumped on his back and shot him twice, hitting Mr Anucha at the top of his left arm and shoulder. Friends later took him to Trang hospital where he was patched up and declared out of danger.

News reports say Waraporn managed to “block” Mr Bo from firing his weapon.

Hapless Fak fired his .9mm calibre weapon some 10 times in total, but managed to hit his target just twice. Otherwise he missed or the gun jammed.

Perhaps despairing of his poor shooting skills, Fak called out to his friend that it was time to go and the pair fled the scene, handing themselves in to police the next morning.

They were charged with jointly attempting to kill, and firearms charges.

Waraporn said she saw Fak from 2009 to 2015, when he was jailed for drugs. They quit on good terms the next year.

She said she started seeing Mr Anucha the year after, but Fak would call her regularly threatening to kill them both until she blocked his number.

Killer makes his escape plans

A Nakhon Si Thammarat man wanted for murder allegedly contacted a moving company a day after the killing to get his belongings shifted to a new location.

Nonthachai “Pom” Petchyoi, 30, fled a townhouse in Thung Song’s Pak Phraek on May 19 after allegedly killing his boss, Winai Paeklang, 40, in an argument over unpaid debts.

Winai was shot three times, in the neck, cheekbone, and back. Police found him dead in front of the house, after his attacker shot him in the middle of their drinking circle.

The head of a team of construction workers including Mr Pom, Winai had chided him earlier for failing to collect various debts owed by customers.

Mr Pom complained that he should keep such requests for work hours, but went out and did as he was told, returning half an hour later with the money.

However, the pair argued again and Mr Pom, out of patience, allegedly pulled out a gun he kept tucked into his waistband, and shot him in the neck.

The second bullet grazed his cheekbone. Winai tried to flee but fell over, when his attacker shot him in the back. He fled on a motorcycle, and his victim died of his injuries at hospital.

The victim’s wife, Thanyamat Phonraj, 46, said Winai had just bought a drink for his workers when the row erupted. The men were close friends, she said.

Reporters from Amarin TV visited the shooter’s home in Pak Phraek, they found a moving van there. Two or three men were loading a motorcycle, fridge, air con unit, toys, and clothes into the back.

Asked where they were going, they said a customer had asked them to clear the house of its belongings and take the lot to Prachuab Khiri Khan. Once they had set out, he would call with more precise directions.

Assuming the customer was in fact the suspect sought by police, the TV host said: “For those watching, we should say again, they are going to Prachuab Khiri Khan.”

Thung Song police, who were looking for the shooter at press time, obtained a court warrant in which Pom is wanted for intentional killing and firearms matters.