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08 February 2013 :: 17:02:44 pm 71671

Motorbike-For-Hire Driver Killed in Tapioca Field

A 30-year-old motorbike-for-hire driver was shot and killed during the night in a Tapioca field in Banglamung. Local residents heard the gunshots at 1 a.m. but did not dare to venture into the darkness. The man’s body was found the next morning on a bamboo stretcher under a Krabok tree.
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PATTAYA – February 7, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 8:30 a.m. a report of a man being fatally shot in a Tapioca field was received by Pol. Lt. Assawin Jantho, investigation officer, Banglamung police station.

After being notified, he rushed to inspect at scene with Pol. Col. Supphathee Boonkrong, Deputy Commander, Chonburi province; Pol. Lt. Col. Jakkarin Thuasupharp, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Theeradech Masthanaphan, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Nit Vithinanthakit, Inspector with the detective police team; the police of proving for evidence 2 (Chonburi); and the rescue officers of Sawangboribultharmmasatharn Pattaya foundation.

The incident occurred in a Tapioca field on Soi Nongkate Yai 1 Moo 1 Tambon Nong Plalai, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

Police arrived at the scene far from the main road, about 500 meters from the entrance of the Tapioca field. Many local residents were standing around at the scene.

The body of the victim was lying face down on a blood-stained bamboo stretcher under a Krabok tree. The man appeared to be about age 30. Police estimated he had been dead for about 6 hours. He had been shot with an unknown caliber gun in the right cheek through his left eyebrow.

The victim was wearing a yellow T-shirt, and shorts with a black-violet flower pattern. There were tattoos on both of his legs. Under his left breast was a tattooed phrase, “Katesara Sungkhao.”

The police searched in his shorts’ pockets, and found 80 THB cash, and an iPhone. They did not find any documents or other evidence of his identity. Police inspected the scene and did not find any traces of fighting, and also did not find the spent bullet shells.

A motorbike was near the man’s body, a white Honda Wave 125i, which had been modified to drive at high speeds. Police searched under the motorbike’s seat and found documents indicating the owner of the motorbike as Mr. Thawat Jongariyatrakul, age 32, living in Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung.

Police questioned local residents living nearby. They said that at 1 a.m., they had heard three gunshots. But no one dared to come out and see. In the morning they discovered the man’s body.

Initially, the police assumed that the victim had met with the murderer under the Krabok tree to talk or negotiate about something. But they could not compromise, so the gunman used the gun to shoot the victim until he fell down on the stretcher and died immediately, and then he escaped.

Later, the mother of the victim came to identify the body at Banglamung hospital. She was identified as Mrs. Serm Roongreuang, age 56. She confirmed that the victim was her son, named Mr. Wichean Wongprasert, age 30, from Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung.

Mr. Wichean worked as a motorbike driver-for-hire in north Pattaya, in front of Roongreuang tour Co., Ltd. Mrs. Serm said that her son had been staying with his wife in Pattaya as usual. But he disappeared, and then she was told a man had been shot and killed, and discovered that the victim was her own son.

Police later talked to a witness who may have seen the murderers. The witness said that at 11 p.m. on February 6, he saw the victim sitting and talking with two men at the scene of the shooting. He noticed there were 3 lady motorbikes parked beside them. Then the next morning the body of Mr. Wichean was discovered.

A background check of the victim revealed that he had been convicted of a snatch-and-run robbery, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. He was released from jail in December 2011, and began driving a motorbike-for-hire.

Police detectives also discovered that the victim was associating with local gangs that were stealing property and selling drugs in the area. Police assumed the murder resulted from some conflict they could not resolve peacefully.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Crime News

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