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30 January 2010 :: 14:01:46 pm 11489

German Stabbed to Death After Minor Traffic Altercation

A German national recently died after being stabbed by a Thai man as a result of a minor traffic incident. Police have apprehended the murderer who pleads he acted in self defence.
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Phuket, the 30th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Wolf-Dieter Kesselheim [66] a German national, living in Phuket for the last 2 years, was stabbed to death after Mr. Pittaya Srijitraporn [32] and two of his teenage cousins, riding a motorbike, allegedly cut him off in his pickup. The incident occurred outside the Chalong Police Station but a chase continued as a result of the incident for a further few hundred meters, ending in a fatal confrontation.

 

Allegedly, Mr. Kesselheim had become enraged over the minor traffic incident, chasing after the trio on their motorbike shouting and honking his horn for several hundred meters up the Viset Road, heading towards Rawai, Phuket. Mr. Srijitraporn explained that he decided to pull over to talk to Mr. Kesselheim, alleging that when he emerged from the pickup he appeared to be severely intoxicated and unwilling to talk the incident through. Mr. Kesselheim then allegedly punched Mr. Srijitraporn in the face and put him in a headlock. At this point Mr. Srijitraporn revealed that he had stabbed Mr. Kesselheim in the torso out of self defence, explaining that the much bigger man had overpowered him to the point he feared for his life.

 

Mr. Srijitraporn, a tourist photographer operating around the Kata Viewpoint, continues to maintain that he acted in self-defence and that his two teenage cousins were not involved in the altercation. He has also admitted to cutting-off Mr. Kesselheim whilst riding home with his two cousins, which appears to be the cause for the preceding fatal altercation. Mr. Srijitraporn is also believed to have said that he was unaware that Mr. Kesselheim had died as a result of the stabbing, as he had left the scene immediately following his release from the headlock that Mr. Kesselheim had him in.

On Saturday, Chalong police, led by Phuket Provincial Commander Pekad Tantipong conducted a re-enactment of the fatal altercation at the crime scene. At present whilst investigations and procedures are ongoing the deceased body of Mr. Kesselheim is being kept at the Chalong temple pending funeral arrangements.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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