Cops finally catch Songkran stabbing suspect in Phuket after 6 years
Cops finally caught a suspect in a Songkran stabbing attack in Phuket, six years after he allegedly committed his crime.
The suspect, 33 year old Jirapong, allegedly stabbed and seriously injured another man during Songkran in 2017, in the central Prachin Buri province.
Jirapong had reportedly been celebrating and drinking alcohol with his friends before he and a teenager got into an argument. During the argument, 10 friends of the other party came and attacked Jirapong, hitting him in the face with a glass. Jirapong then stabbed the victim twice before speeding away, The Phuket Express reported.
It remains unclear why it took six years for Jirapong to be tracked down and arrested, and the CIB did not provide an immediate explanation for this.
Sometimes, acts of violence occur during Thailand’s Songkran festival.
This year, two men were arrested for allegedly firing guns at the busy Royal City Avenue RCA entertainment venue in Bangkok during a Songkran celebration. Four people were injured by gunfire and four others were injured trying to flee the scene.
The four partygoers who were shot were rushed to a nearby hospital. They were identified as a 26 year old man named Aobnithi Puengkheha, a 26 year old woman named Jiraporn Poonsook, a 25 year old man named Natthanon Nonthasood, and a 28 year old man named Thitipoon Supprasert. The identities of the other four victims who were injured while fleeing the scene were not reported.
Later, police escorted the two suspects – 41 year old Natthanon and 19 year old Natthaphon – from Makkasan Police Station to Ratchada Criminal Court on charges of joint physical harm, violating the Firearms Act by carrying a firearm into public without permission and firing a gun in a public place.
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