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Argument between Bangkok ‘Win’ drivers ends in a fatal shooting

Tim Newton

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A motorcycle taxi driver, aka. ‘win’ driver, has surrendered to Bangkok police after shooting and killing a fellow Win driver. The incident happened in the Prachacheun area, north of the Bangkok metropolis near Chatuchak.

A CCTV video shows 53 year old Chatchai Sukjaidee travelling down Soi Sarmsuk in the Bang Sue area. But 44 year old Sompong called him back to the rank where a short but heated conversation ensued between the two. Thai Rath reports that the two men were attempting to resolve an ongoing conflict that had been festering for many months.

The video shows that, after about 15 seconds of argument, Sompong stepped back from his former friend and shot him 6 times with a .22 gun at very close range. Chatchai, who slumped on the bike, eventually stumbled off but fell and died at the scene.

Sompong then headed off on his motorcycle to his mother’s house in Sai Mai, near the Don Mueang Airport.

Accompanied by his mother, Sompong reported to police around midday yesterday. Angry relatives of the dead man were waiting and threatened to take matters into their own hands at one stage. He told police he had purchased the gun for 7,000 baht and always carried it with him. The gun had been illegally purchased.

CCTV footage of the crime HERE.

Lt-Gen Samran Nuanma, the Deputy Commissioner General of Metropolitan Police Bureau, eventually arrived at the Prachacheun police station and explained to the growing crowd and media that the suspect had confessed to the crime.

He added that the incident appears to be the end of a five month feud between the two men who were previously involved in cock fighting together. He noted they were originally friends and involved together in the cock fighting trade.

Sompon has now been formerly charged with murder and illegal gun offences and will be incarcerated before his first appearance in court.

STORY & SCREENSHOT: Thai Rath

 

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    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

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