Death penalty for Thai man who killed high school student

A Thai man has been sentenced to death over the murder of a high school student in Trang province, southern Thailand, in 2018. The man shot and killed a 16 year old boy and shot and wounded another man who was the only witness to the murder. The victims’ families are satisfied with the Supreme Court’s ruling after fighting for justice for four years.

Yesterday, Trang Provincial Court read the Supreme Court’s final verdict on 52 year old Teerayut Somsu’s sentence. Teerayut was charged with the murder of 16 year old Teerawat “New” Boonchana, who he shot dead in Mueang Trang District on December 2 2018. Teerayut was also charged with the attempted murder of 42 year old Ratchapon Khluenchit, the only witness to Teerawat’s murder. Teerayut shot and wounded Ratchaporn, who managed to escape and recover.

Ratchaporn, who is now ordained as a Buddhist monk, attended the court’s reading yesterday. Ratchaporn was shot in his left arm, which he can still barely lift up or use nearly 4 years later.

Teerawat’s parents Anon and Song Boonchana attended the court yesterday and said they are satisfied with the result that Teerayut will be sentenced to death after they have fought for justice for their son for four years. Ratchaporn’s parents also attended the court and said they too were satisfied with the outcome.

In June 2019, no progress had been made with the case and Teerawat’s murderer was still at large. On June 6 2019, Teerawat’s parents travelled to Bangkok to request the help of an influential police officer, Lt. Cl. Srivara Rangsiprahmanakul, who arrested Teerayut within seven days of working on the case, on June 13, 2019.

The defendant denied all allegations throughout the case, according to lawyer Thitakarn Panlek.

Ratchaporn will receive 700,000 baht in compensation and Teerawat’s family will receive 2.1 million baht.



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.