Court grants bail to salon owner who murdered couple over haircut in central Thailand

Photo via KhaoSod

The salon owner who murdered an unhappy customer and her husband – both TV stars – in front of their young daughter in Pathum Thani on Saturday has been released on bail for 500,000 baht.

Pathum Thani Provincial Court decided to grant bail to 51 year old Prasart Rangyai yesterday afternoon on the condition he wears an electronic monitoring (EM) bracelet.

On Saturday afternoon, 41 year old Warisara Wimoonrakchat went to a shopping centre in the Mueang district with her husband, 40 year old Wirapong Pumphruek, and their 8 year old daughter.

Warisara went to a salon to get a haircut for 250 baht, but she wasn’t pleased with the results. She tried to speak to the hairdresser, who rang salon owner Prasert for advice, who wasn’t in the salon at the time.

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Over the phone, Prasert said there was nothing he could do about the haircut. Then, he rode a motorbike to the salon – with a kitchen knife hidden in his trousers – and found the couple standing outside the shop.

Wirapong said that if Prasert couldn’t fix the haircut or give a refund, he would sue the department store with the help of his lawyer. When Wirapong threatened to sue, Prasert told police that he asked Wirapong, “Do you want to die?”

Then, Prasert said Warisara darted at him, so he grabbed the knife from his trousers and stabbed them both to death in front of their 8 year old daughter. Prasert ran off and drove his motorbike away from the shopping centre.

The deceased shared another child, 20 year old Ping Pong, who made a statement to say she will try her best to take care of herself and her 8 year old sister. Ping Pong said she aims to buy a house for her and her sibling, who have both been left with no parents over the haircut fight.

Ping Pong said her mother Warisara will be cremated on Thursday. As for her father Wirapong, he will be cremated in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand, but the date hasn’t been set yet, said Ping Pong.

Warisara and Wirapong were both TV stars in the series “Fah Mee Ta.” Wirapong also worked as a personal trainer.

Meanwhile, the court has denied bail to the famous actress “Pinky” and her family who are accused of committing fraud and violating the Computer Crimes Act for advertising a Forex-3D Ponzi scheme. The three remain detained in police custody as they await trial, which could take months.

SOURCE: KhaoSod, Sanook

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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