Pattaya Daily News

05 November 2007 :: 14:11:00 pm 40154

YOUNG LOVE TRIANGLE ENDS IN ONE DEATH AND TWO SERIOUS INJURIES

Two young guys, who were smitten over the same girl, ended up in a fatal fight in a pub’s car park. One man was shot dead and two other people were injured.
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On 4 November 2007, at 2 AM, Pattaya Investigator Police Lieutenant Colonel Anan Thamchaikul was informed of a shooting at the car park of The Cottage Pub (Mum Aroy), located on Pattaya Third Road. One young man was dead and another man and a woman were injured. A police investigation team and a doctor, from Banglamung Hospital, rushed to the scene.
As they arrived at the car park of the Cottage Pub, police encountered a group of teenagers running out of the pub to view the scene of the incident. The deceased teenage boy was Mr. Phumin Meesiri, alias Min Soi Nern, (18), from Chonburi. The victim was clad in a white T-shirt and blue jeans. A .9 caliber pistol lay on the floor, next to his right hand. All of the bullets had been fired. The dead boy was shot under his left ear. The bullet exited through his right cheek. He had a holster on the right side of his waist, 9,300 baht in cash and a Nokia mobile phone. Seven .9 mm bullet casings were scattered about on the ground, which police kept as evidence. On the other side of the car park, police found an additional four bullet casings.

The dead boy’s parents, Mr. Phairoj Meesiri (41) and Mrs. Kwanthon Meesiri (47), were notified that their son had been shot and rushed to the scene to see their son’s body. They were, understandably, grief stricken and heart broken. Officials transferred Mr. Phumin’s body to a forensic lab to examine the projectile range of the bullets.

During the course of the investigation, police detained four drunken teenagers in a Vigo truck, with a red number plate. A search netted a .9 caliber gun with two magazines holding ten bullets, as well as, a gun registration document. The truck’s driver, and owner of the gun, was Mr. Gacharaphan Nokhong, nickname “Art” (22), from Chonburi. He claimed that he was driving his friends back home after having some drinks at Differ Pub, which was near the scene of the shooting. He also claimed that the gun was registered and that he kept it for protection. Police detained Mr. Gachraphan for further questioning.

According to a large number of teenaged witnesses, Mr. Phumin, or Min Soi Nern, had come to the Cottage Pub with more than ten friends. The boys got into an altercation with another group of youths who were regular customers at the pub. The two groups had been involved in conflicts in the past, as well. Both gangs retreated to the car park to settle their scores, with no apparent fear of the law. After Mr. Phumin was fatally shot in the car park, his enemies escaped in a bronze Nissan Cefiro and a gray Toyota Vigo, heading towards North Pattaya.

Later on, a police officer was notified by Bangkok Pattaya hospital that two people were shot. They were one male and one female who were Mr. Ithiphol Sukjan (23), who was shot in his right arm; and Miss Sudarat Phakyenjai (20), who was shot in the back of her neck. Both of them sustained serious injuries and could not give statements. Police believed that the two injured parties were involved in the gunfight in the pub’s car park. There were traces of gunshots to the rear windscreen and another two on the rear door windscreen. The bullets went through the backrest of the driver’s seat and there were traces of blood splashed around the truck. Police kept the truck, as evidence, and kept the two shooting victims under police guard.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Anan Thamachaikul appealed for witnesses to step forward. One witness, Miss Jane (alias), was Mr. Phumin’s girlfriend. Police concluded that the motive for the shooting was that Mr. Phumin and Mr. Ithiphan, who used to be close friends, had a conflict over Miss Jane, whom they both were smitten over.

Miss Jane was formerly Mr. Mr. Ithiphan’s girlfriend, but had broken up with him. She was presently Mr. Phumin’s girlfriend. Mr. Ithiphan and Mr. Phumin both showed up at the Cottage Pub and had words over Miss Janes’ affections. They challenged each other to a duel in the car park. Mr. Phumin shot at the truck in which Mr. Ithiphan was hiding with Miss Sudarat. The two were injured, but stayed in the truck until all of Mr. Phumin’s bullets were spent. As Mr. Phumin started to run away, Mr. Ithiphan got out of the truck and fatally shot Mr. Phumin. He managed to drive to the hospital and asked his friends to follow and hide his gun. However, police have placed Mr. Ithiphan and Miss Sudarat under guard and will question them after they have recovered, sufficiently, from their injuries.

Police declared that the pub was negligent in that they admitted underage teenagers into the premises and had many incidents involving violence. There have been many incidents of fighting, some involving guns, at the venue. This time there was loss of life. Police officials will forward this information to Chonburi Province to consider closing down the pub.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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