Pattaya Daily News

07 January 2008 :: 13:01:53 pm 38102

CANADIAN KILLED IN THAILAND

7 Jan 08, Mae Hong Son, A 25-year-old Canadian man is dead after being fatally shot by a Thai police officer. A Thai police officer fatally shot a Canadian man and wounded his pregnant companion during a scuffle outside a bar in northern, Mae Hong Son, Thailand.
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Mr. John Leo Del Pinto, 25, died early Sunday of two gunshot wounds – one to the face and one to the torso – and his partner, Carly Reisig, also of Canada, was in hospital with a bullet wound in her body, Sombat said.

The police said the couple had been drinking at a bar in Pai, Mae Hong Son, and began arguing. Outside the bar, the argument turned physical and when a police officer tried to intervene, the police said the couple attacked.

The officer, Sgt. Uthai Dechawiwat, told investigators that Mr.Del Pinto tried to grab his pistol and the gun “accidentally went off” three times, Sombat said.

However, Sgt. Uthai was charged with premeditated murder for Mr. Del Pinto’s death and with “intent to kill” in connection with Reisig, Sombat said. Sgt. Uthai was released on bail.

The couple had rented a home in Mae Hong Son, on the border with Myanmar, for several years but took regular trips in and out of Thailand to extend shot-term tourist visas, Sombat said.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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