Sunday, 29 January 2023

Serial thief comes undone, abuser meets fate, all in the look

No neighbourly love

Anusak Kittirattana

The father of a young serial thief slain by his neighbour is asking why he didn’t discipline the youngster first rather than shooting him.

Chalong Nuansiri, 62, says he cannot accept the shooting death of his son, Kobsak, 30, a drug addict with psychiatric problems, at the hands of neighbour Anusak Kittirattana, 72.

Mr Anusak, who lives alone, said he was resting at his Bang Nam Prieo district, Chachoengsao home on Jan 22 about 1pm when he heard the sound of an intruder.

The thief, thought to be the same man, had broken into his place repeatedly over the past year, including five times since Jan 12 alone.

“When I confronted him, he rushed at me so I grabbed a 9mm calibre gun at the head of the bed and shot him as a warning. I didn’t know if I hit him as I ran out to seek help,” he told reporters.

The bullet entered the thief’s hand and passed through his neck close to the shoulder, killing him.

Mr Anusak said he was afraid he could be attacked. However, he knew the identity of the thief, as he had argued with the young man’s father just the day before, asking him why he couldn’t keep better control of his son.

Mr Chalong said he warned his son many times to avoid the house, but he did not listen. “I could not be there all the time to control him as I still have work to do,” he said.

Mr Anusak said Kobsak had stolen 500,000 baht worth of goods from his house since he started thieving from him and must have grown complacent, as he was able to get away with it so often.

“You could have filled two 10-wheeler trucks and it would still not be enough,” he said, referring to the goods stolen.

The house had been converted into a car repair yard, with repair equipment stored there, along with four old vehicles.

Don Chimphlee police, called to the scene about 3pm, found the young man’s body about 20m from the door. Mr Chalong later was able to identify the body as it lay inside.

Mr Chalong said he noticed his son had gone missing about midday, and wandered over after hearing from neighbours that a dead man had been found inside.

A canal separates the two houses, which sit about 50m opposite. Mr Chalong said he had installed iron bars over his son’s bedroom window to keep him inside, to no avail.

The family left Kobsak at home on the day of the shooting as they went out to make merit. When they returned he saw Kobsak had cut the bars on the window and escaped.

He suspected he had gone back to Mr Anusak’s house, so paid a visit where he found the owner’s son. “I asked him to look inside. He took a quick look around the outside of the property and found no one, so I went home,” he said.

While the two sides were at odds over the young thief, Mr Chalong asked why the homeowner did not discipline his son, or call the police, when he found him inside.

“Why did he have to shoot him? He claims he shot him from the top of the stairs, but I reckon he shot Kobsak up close, and my son raised his hand to ward off the bullet or beg for his life.”

He had left his younger sister and wife to look after his son’s funeral, as he felt too miserable.

Police had caught Kobsak previously and sent him to detox. However, his son kept lapsing back into drugs. “I give my son money every day but not enough to pay for drugs, so I suspect he steals to pay for his habit,” he said.

Another neighbour, Som, (assumed name) said he felt sorry for the young man, as he spoke well and was a good kid overall.

“He used to bike past my place and we’d chat. The kid didn’t make much sense and sometimes I saw him talking to himself.

“I think the homeowner went too far, as he knew the kid was ill and hooked on drugs. Locals around here feel the same way, that he shouldn’t have shot him."

Police say Kobsak has a history of drug use and theft. They sent the body for an autopsy. No word was to hand on what charges Mr Anusak will face.

Stepson has his revenge
Theeraphong Abphosai
A Saraburi woman says she has no regrets after her son stabbed her abusive husband in the chest, killing him.

Kaeng Khoi police found Warorat Kessomboon, 54, dead with a single stab wound to the chest at a rental house on Jan 21. His stepson, Theeraphong Abphosai, 23, admitted arguing with the older man, who stabbed him in the groin first.

Mr Theeraphong, his mother Ratree Muan-Ngern and the victim had been drinking a white spirit (lao khao) when Warorat, who was a possessive type and liked picking fights when drunk, smashed a bottle over Ms Ratree’s head. “That will get rid of some of your bad blood,” he remarked.

Mr Theeraphong asked why he had to attack his mother, and Warorat flared up, pulling out a knife and stabbing him in the groin. Mr Theeraphong, who was left with minor injuries, wrested back the knife and stabbed his stepfather in the chest, killing him.

Earlier, Ms Ratree said, her husband had picked a fight over two portable gas stoves stored at her mother’s place. “He said he wanted them back so he could sell them,” she said.

He called her mother and abused her, which upset her. He also went outside and tried to reverse his pickup, but was so drunk drove it into a roadside ditch.

Ms Ratree, who works on a construction site, said she and her husband argued often. However, this was her son’s first argument with the victim.

Warorat had agreed to let her and her son stay with him, and they had been living at the house with him for less than a week.

After Mr Theeraphong stabbed his stepfather, he prostrated himself at his Mum’s feet, asking for forgiveness. “He said he didn’t mean to do it,” she said.

“I have no regrets, as he has been treating me poorly for years,” she added.

She had no money to pay for her husband’s funeral, and would have to leave that to his family to organise. Nor could she pay for her son’s bail.

In CCTV audio at the house, obtained by reporters, Ms Ratree at 12.37am can be heard urging her son to put the knife down: “Don’t, don’t,” she says.

At 12.43am, her son can be heard saying, “Are you dead yet, you bastard?”

Finally, at 2.45am, police send Mr Theeraphong to the station for processing.

A neighbour said she felt sorry for victim Warorat, who was a good man who had helped her out in the past. He had sounded off to her a week before about his fears that his wife was playing around.

“If they had alerted the police straight away, he might have lived. A witness said he overheard Mr Theeraphong say to his Mum, ‘Don’t call the hospital just yet, let him die,’” she claimed, without offering proof. Police charged Mr Theeraphong with assault causing death.

Oddball stare begets attack
 Kantaphat, blue T-shirt, being attacked on the street
A Surat Thani mother is appealing to police to catch the young man who stabbed her teenage son and left him for dead, apparently after her cross-eyed son looked at him oddly.

Kantaphat Hiranrasmee, 16, was stabbed seven times in the arms, chest, and back in the nighttime attack on soi Pho Khun Thale, Muang district on Jan 22.

Police also found a 15cm knife at the scene which had come loose from its handle. A bystander took a clip of the attack. It shows the assailant chasing Kantaphat across the road and stabbing him repeatedly. Later, he kicks him as he lies on the ground before fleeing on his bike.

Speaking from Surat Thani hospital, where the boy was being treated, his mother, 49, said the person who took the video at first could not see the knife and thought it was an “ordinary” assault.

Kantaphat’s overturned motorcycle was on the other side of the road. His mother, unnamed in news reports, said both were travelling in the same direction and both appear to have overturned at the same time.

The young man who attacked her son may have thought mistakenly that Kantaphat gave him a hostile look. A bad look is often enough to prompt the most brutal attacks on the street, especially between teen gangs.

“He started attacking Kantaphat where the bikes overturned, and chased him across the road. My son did not fight back,” she said.

Her son was a good kid with plenty of friends. “Based on what I heard from locals, the attacker may have thought my son was looking at him in a provocative way. In fact, he is cross-eyed. Many people think he’s looking at them in the face but he’s not,” she said.

“I think the attacker went too far and am urging police to track him down.”

Her son was being treated and recovering, she said. No word was to hand on police progress in the case.

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Forbidden fruit, out for a spin, hairy pawnshop escapade

No longer in fine voice

The karaoke shop where Wutthichai shot himself  and two others

A Bangkok man shot a Laos admirer at a karaoke shop after his wife accused him of seeing the woman behind her back, before taking his own life.

Police were called to the shop in Tha Kham, Bang Khun Thian where Wutthichai Pramkrathok, 32, turned the gun on himself after earlier shooting and wounding Aoijai Phachomphu, 22, whom he had been seeing on the sly for some months, and her aunt, Sulee Pimsee, 31. Both worked at the shop.

They were sitting inside having a meal when Wutthichai walked in, picked a fight, and shot the pair before turning the 11mm calibre weapon on himself.

Earlier, Wuttichai’s wife, Panida Pramkrathok, 27, had accused him of resuming his affair with Ms Aoijai after a period of about six weeks in which his conduct appeared to improve.

In fact, Ms Aoijai had merely gone back to her home country for a break. When she returned, Wutthichai’s behaviour started to deteriorate again and Ms Panida challenged him to come clean. He insisted he had stopped seeing her.

“My husband said if you don’t believe me I will take you there myself and clear things with her,” she told police after the shooting.

Wutthichai took Ms Panida along with him to the shop, but asked her to wait outside with their two-year-old child while he went in and spoke to Ms Aoijai. However, he was in there just a few minutes before she heard gunfire, and staff ran out in fear of their lives.

“I knew he had a gun, but didn’t know he had taken it with him that day, or I would have called the woman to warn her,” Ms Panida said.

Wutthichai worked for a fertiliser company in the Mahachai area and was also a rescue worker in Thon Buri. They had been together six years and had a child together.

After growing wary of changes in her husband’s behaviour, Ms Panida discovered he was seeing Ms Aoijai after looking at texts on his phone. She contacted Ms Aoijai through a friend and told her to keep her hands off her husband.

“I told her to stop meddling as our family could break up, but it looked like she wanted to keep trying. My husband, though, promised he would steer clear.”

Over the four months or so they were seeing each other, things appear to have changed. Staff said Wutthichai had started turning up outside the shop every day after Ms Aoijai’s return from Laos, keeping an eye on things. It is not known if they actually met.

Meanwhile, Ms Aoijai complained to her friends that she wanted to quit but Wutthichai would not let her go. She fled back to Laos for six weeks and had been back at the shop just five days when she was shot.

Ms Aoijai, who was shot in the right side of the chest and right arm, told a friend she had stopped seeing Wutthichai, but Ms Panida did not believe it.

She had earlier left the shop where the shooting occurred to work elsewhere, which is where she met Wutthichai.

When she returned from Laos, she went back to the karaoke shop which hired her previously, and was shot there when Wutthichai paid his visit. Ms Aoijai’s aunt, Ms Sulee, was shot twice in the left calf. Both victims were admitted to hospital.

What’s yours is mine
 The car which Lui took was found five days later
A cheeky Udon Thani druggie who stole a local’s car came face-to-face with the owner after a five-day jaunt which came to an abrupt end when he ran out of petrol.

Owner Arthit Naboon, 39, slapped the thief, Lui, 35, who was wearing a jaunty hat, several times over the head in scenes caught on video. Locals had to step in to restrain Mr Arthit, who said Lui had stolen the Mitsubishi Triton from outside his house, betraying his trust.

Undeterred, Lui kept insisting he had merely taken it for a drive, not stolen it. Earlier, when locals confronted him at Wat Surapol Sopanusorn in Nong Han district, where Lui had gone to beg for food as he figured out what to do about the stranded vehicle, he insisted he was the rightful owner.

Mr Arthit said he was outside his house in Nong Han on Friday last week when Lui, whom he knew by sight, walked over and asked for a light. Mr Arthit said he went inside to find a lighter when he heard the vehicle engine start and Lui drive away.

He reported the theft to Ban Dung police, but it was solid networking by locals which helped track him down.
Local thief Lui
Village head, Direk Laowanich, said locals alerted him to a mystery car parked by the roadside with a burst tyre. He had seen a post at a local FB page about a stolen vehicle fitting that description, so contacted police.

Locals later told him Lui had been seen begging for food at the temple, so he took a group of village leaders there and they nabbed him.

Moments later, Mr Arthit, who had evidently been out looking for his stolen vehicle, turned up. He spotted Lui, charged over and demanded to know why he took the car. As he slapped Lui over the head, the thief put up no fight.

Talking to locals about his five-day escapade, Lui said he had asked a friend for 20 baht the night before so he could recharge the tank. At some point in his five-day journey the tyre also burst, which he had to replace. He had taken friends for a drive, he said.

Weerapol Raksamerwong, head of the FB site “Ban Dung update”, said Lui was known for an earlier caper in which he let himself into a resident’s home, turned on the air con and took a nap, even though it was not his place. A drug user, he had spurned efforts to send him to rehab, and was also known for petty theft.

Lui, he said, was also found with the keys to an Isuzu, also presumably stolen, though no one knows where he left it. Police charged him with theft of the Triton.

Undignified escape
 Phuttarak, cutting the policeman’s hair at his shophouse
A hairdresser who fell into debt opening his business tried to rob a pawnshop to get out of trouble but failed spectacularly, forcing him to flee on foot.

Tha Kham police in Bang Khun Thian last week nabbed hairdresser Phuttarak “Chang Tong” Nakaew, 40, at his shophouse in Bang Bon district after an officer posed as a customer.

Police images showed the officer getting his hair shorn before he identified himself and made the arrest. They seized a plastic revolver which Mr Tong used to commit his crime along with his motorbike getaway-vehicle.

Mr Tong admitted trying to hold up the Easy Money pawnshop at the mouth of soi 50 in Phra Ram 2 Road on Jan 14.

CCTV vision showed the hairdresser approach a security guard, Samart, aged 35, outside as if to ask for directions. He whipped out the plastic gun, turned Samart around and had him escort him inside.

However, staff saw what was going on, and quickly pressed a button locking the door from inside and sounding a police alarm. They fled deeper inside the shop.

Mr Tong, realising he would get nothing from them, forced the guard to take him outside again, abandoned his robbery attempt, and fled on foot. He was caught at his shophouse hours later.

The hairdresser said he borrowed 50,000 baht from underground lenders to open the shop, but could not afford the 3,000-baht daily repayments. He decided to rob the pawnshop to repay his debts, but failed.

Earlier, Mr Tong bought the toy gun, put a change of clothes in his backpack, and left his motorbike outside Wat Tha Kham. From there, he took a taxi to the scene of the robbery.

After fleeing the shop he changed under an apartment building into his spare outfit and took another taxi back to his motorbike. He drove back to the shophouse and went back to work.

Samart, the security guard, said he was standing at his desk outside the pawnshop, which is next to a gold shop, when Mr Tong approached.

He looked as if he was deciding which shop to enter. But while the gold shop wasn’t fully open for business as the door was still half closed, the pawnshop was open.

“The thief made as if he wanted to ask a question but pulled out his golden revolver from his waist and held it to my back. He said if I did anything tricky, I would die,” Samart said.

Moments later, it was all over, and the thief, having failed to bring his own vehicle, was forced to flee empty-handed on foot.

Police set up a roadblock but were unable to catch him until his arrest later, when they charged him with attempted theft.

Sunday, 15 January 2023

'Umpire' crosses line, dare backfires, drunk takes scenic route

Head slap spurs kill

Suphan ‘Keng’ Jenkarnying after his arrest

A Bangkok man who liked muscling into his friends’ disputes was shot dead for his troubles after intervening in a row set off by a love triangle.

Klong Tan police last week arrested Suphan “Keng” Jenkarn-ying, 31, for killing Nakhon Naka “Ice” Mulalin, also 31, and injuring a young man on whose behalf Ice intervened, Teerasak “Benz” Arjphongsa, 25.

The shooting took place in front of a tyre repair shop in soi Pattanakarn 20, sub-soi 9, Suan Luang, early on Jan 10.

Keng let off a salvo of six rounds from his revolver in what he says was a spur of the moment attack, after Ice slapped him over the head.

The first shot did not go as planned. Keng shot himself in the hand as he was pulling out his gun.
Nakhon Naka ‘Ice’ Mulalin
The bullet shattered on the ground with shrapnel bouncing off the road and hitting Benz in the face. The main target, however, was Ice, who had just accused Keng of stealing his mate’s former girlfriend. Keng shot him repeatedly before taking off on his motorbike.

Witnesses say Keng, who had scouted the area on his bike 20 minutes before the attack, turned up with the gun in a chest bag. They say he was not wearing it the first time he went past.

Four people including Ice and Benz were having a meal outside the shop, owned by Benz’s father, when Keng turned up after midnight. Witnesses say he was holding the weapon inside his chest bag throughout.

Reports conflict as to what issues triggered the dispute. One is Keng’s girlfriend, identified in news reports as Bow, whom Keng poached from Benz in May last year even though Benz and Bow had been together for years and were engaged to be married.

Teerasak ‘Benz’ Arjphongsa
However, the two sides had since made up, with Bow returning the gold, motorcycle and dowry which Benz had given her. Still outstanding was a 1,500 baht phone bill, though that matter was cleared up a couple of days before the shooting when Keng repaid the sum on her behalf.

Ice met Keng outside the shop on that occasion too, and supposedly invited him to return to “clear the air”.

Muddying matters further was a FB post in which Bow asked Benz’s side to stop meddling in their lives. “It is New Year and time for a new start. I am sick of the boring past,” she wrote.

She took down the post after Benz objected, saying he had the right to request repayment of the phone bill.

Some reports spun her post as a challenge to Benz and his group, and claimed the two sides met to clear the air over it.

However, Benz, speaking from his hospital bed where he was undergoing an operation to remove the shrapnel from his face, denied the two sides planned the meeting. Nor was the phone bill or his relationship with Bow an issue, as those matters were now behind them.

Ice, who was close to Benz, took the lead in the conversation when Keng arrived. Benz, who was standing nearby, did not even talk to him, reports say.

Ice told Keng that none of the problems would have started had he not wrested Bow away from his “junior”, Benz.

“Benz is my junior and no one can touch him; nonetheless, he wants no problems. The fault is with you. If you hadn’t stolen his girlfriend none of this would have happened,” he said.

Ice repeated his claims, trying to goad a response from Keng, who said nothing. However, Keng flared up when Ice slapped him over the head.

Ice’s mother Narisara Mulalin, 55, said she thought Keng had gone too far in shooting her son. Media reports said he worked in a pool hall and was well known for helping his friends out of scrapes. “When I heard my son had been shot, I thought to myself that he must have stepped in as ‘umpire’ again.

“He offers to help even when he does not know the other side. Often he gets a punch for his efforts; this time he was shot dead,” she said.

Keng fled the scene and asked a friend for help bandaging his hand wound. He also tossed the gun in a canal. Handing himself in the next day, Keng apologised to Ice’s family for the shooting.

He was charged with the intentional killing of Ice, attempting to kill Benz, and firearms charges.

Fate catches up with shooter
The .38 revolver was loaded with two bullets

A Myanmar man shot himself playing Russian roulette, after daring his friends to join him but finding no takers.

Chai, 48, shot himself behind an ice factory in Bo Plub, Muang district of Nakhon Pathom last week.

The bullet entered his right temple and went out the left side. Police found a .38 revolver and empty bottles of beer at the scene. Chai, also identified as Nai Kim So in news reports, was drinking with his mates in front of a row of workers’ living quarters.

Witnesses say Chai, a regular in the group, turned up to see his Myanmar mates who work at the ice factory. He himself worked at a shop selling rubber about 8km away.

Witnesses say he was already drunk when he arrived after 8pm. “He sat down, started boasting, and pulled out the gun which he carries on his waist,” one report said. “He asked if anyone else was as bold as he was, and put in two bullets.

“The first one failed to go off but his mates had seen enough and fled. He shouted after them, taunting them for lacking courage. He put the gun to his head again, pulled the trigger and this time it went off, killing him.”

It is the second time this month that a case has come to light of someone killed in a game of Russian roulette.

In Bangkok, teenager Wongsatorn “Bee” Tumgen died from a shot to the right side of his neck at an abandoned house in Nong Chok district on Jan 2.

His friends say Bee turned up late that night to show off a revolver he had bought. The first two times, the gun failed to go off, but on the third he shot himself.

Back in Nakhon Pathom, Chai’s son, Can, 21, said his father told him he had been playing Russian roulette since he was young, and cheated death all this time. His Dad had bought the gun for self-protection.

His Dad had turned up at home twice that night after work before heading out to see his friends.

Can’s mother may have been the first to hear about her husband’s death.

“My mother called me around midnight telling me to go and see Dad urgently. When I arrived my father’s body was on the ground, alone,” he said. Police sent the body for an autopsy.

Now, where was home again?
Daeng, who lost his way home on his motorcycle

A Mukdahan man was found 50km from home after getting drunk and losing his way back on his motorcycle.

Muang police found Daeng, 35, sitting outside a shop in the Ban Na Kham Noi area. Earlier, he was spotted driving about close to a school.

Worried he might be mentally ill, locals called police after noticing Daeng was muttering to himself.

When police reached him he was still feeling the effects of his drinking many hours before and not making much sense.

However, Daeng managed to tell them that he lives in the southernmost district of Don Tan. He was heading home but the route he took was “at odds” with those plans, media reports said.

It was pointed towards Khamcha-i district, itself some 35km to the west of Muang district, to Don Tan’s north, where he ended up. In all he travelled some 50km after losing his bearings.

Police searched Daeng but found nothing illegal. They did find his welfare card, which gave his name.

They took him back to the station so he could sleep it off, then sent him on his way. News reports did not say if they gave him directions back home as he left.

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Revolver riddle, random temple attack, genital savagery

Mystery in abandoned house

Wongsatorn ‘Bee’ Tumgen

A Bangkok mother says her 16-year-old son may have been murdered rather than falling victim to a game of Russian roulette as his teen mates claim.

Waraporn Tumgen has cast doubt on police testimony given by six teens who witnessed his death. “Our family would like the police to consider all options, and not rule anything out,” she said.

Her son, Wongsatorn “Bee” Tumgen, died from a single shot to the right side of his neck at an abandoned house in Nong Chok district on Jan 2. His friends, who had been hanging about the house all day, smoking cannabis and playing music, say Bee turned up about 11pm to show off a revolver he had bought.

One account said he spun the empty chamber and fired it at a friend. Then he inserted a single bullet and fired it at another. Fortunately, luck was on his side and it did not go off. Finally, they say, Bee turned the gun on himself. He spun the chamber and the gun fired, killing him.

A neighbour said the boys at the house ran out calling on him for help. “Blood!” they yelled. Police sent Bee’s body for an autopsy and gun residue tests which will be critical as to what charges, if any, officers lay in the days ahead.

Wongsatorn’s revolver
The teens gave evidence as one to police that Bee shot himself in a prank gone wrong. However, Ms Waraporn says when the boys came to see her, their story changed. They told her Bee had meant to take his own life.

Ms Waraporn says she has evidence which casts doubt on their testimony. Her son was left-handed, and a video clip found in his phone in which he tries out the gun shows him firing it with his left hand. 

If that was the case, she asked how he could have shot himself on the right side of his neck, and why he didn’t hold the gun to his forehead as he would conventionally if he was really playing Russian roulette.

Likewise, the gun was found on the right side of his body, when it should have fallen to his left if he had really fired the weapon.

Bee, she said, was a happy teen looking forward to starting a new job. Bee, raised a Muslim, had also vowed to pursue religious studies more rigorously.

Further muddying matters, she had obtained a clip of her son contacting an older friend in the hours before the shooting saying someone had tried to wrest the gun from him, and asking for his help to clear the matter.

In another twist, one boy with whom Bee had supposedly had problems in the past went home for a shower before presenting himself to police for questioning. Ms Waraporn asks if he was trying to destroy evidence of his complicity in a crime.

Ms Waraporn said she had never seen her son with a weapon before and knew few of his friends.

One of Bee’s mates, Tong (assumed name), who lives nearby and has known Bee for five years, said Bee had bought and sold a few firearms to raise money for his tuition fees. Tong was not present at the abandoned house, a local teen hang-out, on the night of the shooting, though he saw Bee the day before, when he was full of life.

The teens who witnessed the shooting say Bee turned up riding pillion on a friend’s bike. He entered and said barely a word before pulling out the gun to show off to his mates. When the gun went off the kids ran out in shock, he said.

Police say the weight of evidence leans towards the boys’ testimony that Bee fell victim to carelessness and the over-excitement of youth. Police have tested those present for gunpowder residue, and results would be known this week.

Pique leads to stabbing
Jirayu ‘Dong’ Tidtaram
A bunch of youngsters in Buri Ram attacked a man as he was leaving a temple fair out of anger from having been barred from the event.

Khu Muang and Region 3 police nabbed Jirayu “Dong” Tidtaram, 24, who admitted stabbing Kitiphong “Sor” Ternprai, 32 outside the temple on Dec 29, leaving him fighting for his life.

Dong was earlier barred from the temple fair for fear he would meet other youngsters there and set off a fight.

Angry at having been tossed out of the event, he called five young friends and they lay in wait outside the temple for the first reveller to emerge. That person was the victim.

Kitiphong ‘Sor’ Ternprai
Banlu Kamud, 49, assistant to a village head in Ban Nong Nang Dam of Ban Pae district, said youngsters from his village and another one about 2km away have a history of fighting. Village elders had banned youngsters from those villages from attending each other’s events.

On the night of the stabbing a local temple had put on a function, and Dong had snuck in despite the ban. When officials saw him they asked him to leave, which he did, heading off on his bike.

“After the function ended I was outside the temple marshalling traffic. No locals had yet walked out and I saw just a couple of motorcycles leave,” Mr Banlu said.

“Shortly after, Sor left the temple, the first to head out on foot. He gave me a wai. He had walked about 50m when teens on three motorcycles started attacking him. They stabbed him repeatedly until he was lying still. The attackers discarded the knife and took off,” he added.

Anucha, Sor’s foster father, said he had looked after the young man for 16 years. The pair had travelled to Chumphon for work and did not get back home much. But this year he and Sor returned to Khu Muang for the first time in five years. His son intended to attend a countdown event on Dec 31 and travelled to Buri Ram on Dec 25.

“Sor asked me for 100 baht and said he was going to the temple fair. Doctors say he is unlikely to survive the attack as they stabbed him all over his body,” he said.

Prime suspect Jirayu admitted instigating the attack. He and his mates attacked Sor because he was the first to emerge, he told police.

“We were also drunk and didn’t think about what we were doing. All we can do now is apologise,” he said.

Police charged him with assault and carrying a weapon without permission. His friends also face charges, which could be stepped up if the victim dies.

Smile while you slice them off
The monk who tried to cut off his genitals
A monk who tried cutting off his own genitals was smiling as he did it and claimed he felt no pain, a witness said.

Phra Oat, 27, used a kitchen knife and scissors to attack himself at a temple in Tha Maka district, Kanchanaburi, on Jan 1. A monk who witnessed the attack called rescue workers, who sent him to hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The Kan-chanaburi Provincial Office of Buddhism, which investigated, said Phra Oat, ordained at a temple in Si Sa Ket, contacted a monk in Kanchanaburi some weeks ago and said he would like to travel to the area.

He had been a visitor at the Tha Maka district temple where the incident occurred for just 10 days. For the three days before, Phra Oat seemed depressed, observers said. He would not leave his quarters to join other monks in temple activities, the office said.

Speaking later following his discharge from hospital, Phra Oat said he did not feel anything as he savaged his own genitals.

However, his injuries were now giving him some pain. As he answered, he was drifting off with his sentences and not making much sense.

Reporters who visited the temple said they didn’t spot any meds for a psychiatric condition, and when they asked the monk if he was upset about anything, he would not say.

“Reporters asked if he wanted a wife, he said he did. The hospital gave him meds for pain, infection, and a muscle relaxant,” one news report said. Another was more explicit, saying doctors were able to sew his severed member back on again.

A well-known monk in Nonthaburi, Phra Ratchdhamanithet, said if Phra Oat was trying to get rid of his sexual desire for the sake of being a better monk, chopping off his genitals was the wrong way to do it.

There was nothing in the religious writings which called for such an extreme step. “Even if he was mentally ill at the time, it’s also wrong,” he said.

The temple sent him back to Wat Ban Bon Yai in Si Sa Ket’s Uthumphon Phisai district where Phra Oat was ordained in October 2020.

The abbot had him leave the monkhood to seek hospital treatment but Phra Oat initially refused. The abbot had to get relatives to coax him into it before he would relent.

Sunday, 1 January 2023

Handy drug hideaway, worker rises up, cycle of death

Like a rabbit from a hat

:The three suspects are seen following their arrest

A Khon Kaen woman loves her drug dealer husband so much she hid a stash of speed pills in her vagina to protect them from the prying eyes of police.

However, when police found drugs anyway, her ungrateful husband pretended to have no knowledge of them: “Hey, where did you get those drugs?” he asked, playing the innocent, and upsetting his mother-in-law who thinks he should have owned up.

Police in Ban Haet district last week raided a house and arrested three people for dealing. They seized 1,701 speed pills, including some secreted in unusual places.

When police arrived, Urairat Treesri, 30, claimed she needed to visit the toilet. A woman deputy security officer from the district was sent to accompany her, as police noticed oddities about her behaviour.

Under questioning, Ms Urairat admitted hiding drugs contraband in her vagina, and extracted two bags with 200 pills each and a ziplock bag with another four pills.

Confronted with the find, Ms Urairat’s husband, Thepnapa Nathewet, 46, a convicted drug offender who has served several spells inside, pretended to know nothing of their origins. He passed the buck to Ms Urairat ungallantly, despite her attempt to hide the goods to spare him further punishment.

Police tested his urine which came back positive for methamphetamine. They also tested Ms Urairat’s elder brother, Watcharakorn Niensiri, 35, also in the house. He too came back positive.

Ms Urairat, however, was in the clear. Police charged all three with drug possession with intent to supply, and Thepnapa and Mr Watcharakorn with taking the drug. Police expanded the probe and later arrested four drug-takers.

As well as the stash retrieved from inside Ms Urairat, police also found 612 pills in the bedroom — Thepnapa owned up to those drugs — and another 75 pills with Mr Watcharakorn.

Ms Urairat’s Mum, Pin Thongma, 54, said her daughter and Thepnapa had been together for years and had two children. She had stuck with him despite his spells inside jail.

When he was released most recently, she hoped they would steer clear of the illicit trade and settle down. They opened a noodle shop and bought a motorcycle with a sidecar.

However, the venture lasted just a couple of days before they gave it up.

“I warned them to stay away from drugs and Thepnapa promised he would avoid them,” she told reporters. “When the police knocked at the door and asked to search my son-in-law, I knew it would have to be drugs, because if they aren’t working, where is their income coming from?” she asked.

She said her daughter dilly-dallied before opening the door, no doubt taking advantage of this opportunity to hide her partner’s drug stash.

“When she let them in, she handed me their youngest child and said she was going to the toilet. The police asked to search her first and found the drugs.”

That’s when Thepnapa, feigning innocence, asked his wife where the drugs came from. She sat there crying, and said nothing.

“I am sure they belonged to him, not my daughter,” Ms Pin said, unamused by his duplicity. “If her partner did it, he should own up. At the very least, she would have to look after the kids when he is inside.”

In the event, both now face drug peddling charges. Ms Pin said she would seek her daughter’s bail. “She’s hopelessly in love. I don’t want to say too much as my daughter is now grown up and should be able to make up her own mind,” she said, referring to her poor choice of partner.

No love lost for selfish boss
The damaged vehicle
A Nakhon Si Thammarat man who smashed up his boss’ vehicles in a dispute over unpaid wages says the man’s own son and even the vehicle repairer lent him support.

Chatchawan Pimsen, 34, posted to social media a clip of him attacking two vehicles owned by his boss, a local builder, with an iron bar. It was followed shortly after by another clip in which he meekly takes the vehicles in for repairs, after his boss laid a police complaint.

While Mr Chatchawan is apologetic, he says the episode shows he is willing to take responsibility for his actions, unlike his boss, identified as Changchai. He says Changchai owes him 6,500 baht in labourer’s wages going back two months.

He had been to see Changchai at home three times, but he was never there, and refused to pick up his phone. On Dec 17, Mr Chatchawan reached the end of his patience, so attacked two vehicles he found parked there.

Chatchawan Pimsen
After Changchai called police, officers contacted Mr Chatchawan, telling him he faced the prospect of legal action if he did not get the vehicles repaired.

Mr Chatchawan decided he had made his point, so did as he was told. He posted to social media, saying: “Smash them up, I will have to get them repaired too.” He also posted a hashtag to the repair shop owner, thanking him for offering him such a good price.

Owner of the repair shop, Ratchanon Yordmongkol, 29, said Mr Chatchawan contacted him on Dec 20. When they met, Mr Chatchawan sat down and unburdened himself. “I laughed when I first saw the clip, but when I heard the guy’s story I decided it wasn’t a laughing matter at all,” he told reporters.

The damage was worth 20,000 baht but owing to the fact that he was once an employee himself and knows what it is like to be exploited, he offered Mr Chatchawan a special price of just 7,900 baht.

Mr Chatchawan said he also contacted Changchai’s son, who said many workers employed by Changchai were having to wait for their wages because the clients who had hired Changchai to build their homes had yet to pay up.

“But I went and asked the clients, who said Changchai was drawing down on the money they owed him...many hundreds of thousands of baht, in fact. However, he still wasn’t willing to pay his own workers,” he said.

Changchai, he said, was lavishing the money on a woman friend. “Before, he paid on time, but over the past three or four months started slipping on the dates.” Mr Chatchawan has worked for Changchai for the past year and a half.

Reporters visited Changchai’s place in Tha Sala district, and spoke to his son, who said his father hasn’t been home for the past week. Four or five people had turned up asking for unpaid wages. His father complained his business was in a bad way but he would try to pay them all in full.

However, his son, unnamed in news reports, agreed his father had squandered large amounts of money on his woman friend.

“My mother and I know about it, and my mother is stressed out. I am trying to support her. Before, Dad was well behaved; but his conduct has started to change over the past 1-2 years, and I believe the woman is to blame.”

The final word goes to Mr Chatchawan, who said Changchai needs to rethink his stance. “I want to pass on the message that there’s no one more important than staff, because when something goes wrong, they are always there to help.”

Deaths run in the family
Petch Lumsang
A Buri Ram woman says she feels put out that her husband of 18 years decided to take his own life, after his son took his own life before him.

Petch Lumsang, 63, said rescue workers dropped off the body of her husband, Chaliew Nakin, 53, for funeral rites at their home in Nang Rong after he stabbed himself to death on Dec 22.

Days earlier, she had dropped off her husband at the bus stop for a trip to Sa Kaew, where he attended the funeral of his son, Thawat Nakin, or Ekk, 29.

Ms Petch said she and her husband had no children together but Chaliew had a son and daughter from a previous relationship.

They had raised Ekk and his sister since both were young. When the kids grew up they left home, and Ekk found a job and wife in Rayong.

Chaliew Nakin
However, Ekk recently hanged himself out of pique that his wife liked going out too much and wouldn’t stay at home and look after the kids. His wife took his body back to her home province of Sa Kaeo for the funeral.

Ms Petch said Chaliew found the news hard to accept. She asked if she could take him to the funeral in Watthana Nakhon district. However, he refused, so they parted at the bus stop.

Later she heard that he had taken his own life. Chaliew stabbed himself in the chest as he declared before mourners that he wanted to join his son. It was the day of Ekk’s cremation.

Ms Petch said she feels put out herself now, and sorry for her husband that he felt he could not accept his son’s death, tragic as it was.