Gambler’s feud ends in deadly shooting in Nakhon Si Thammarat

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A gambler’s bitter feud ended in murder yesterday when a 44 year old man was shot dead by his wife’s estranged husband in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. The police quickly apprehended the suspect, who confessed to the crime.

The tragic incident occurred at a residence in Moo 16, Bang Khan Subdistrict, Bang Khan District. The local police, led by Police Captain Chakrit Taewattana, received the report and rushed to the scene with a team of investigators, forensic officers, a hospital doctor, and foundation staff.

Upon arrival, police discovered the lifeless body of 44 year old Thawatchai, a native of Phatthalung Province. Thawatchai had been shot multiple times in the head and torso with a 9mm firearm. Nearby, a .38 calibre gun was found on the ground, which was secured as evidence. The victim’s wife, who was present at the scene, was found in a state of shock and was subsequently taken aside for questioning.

Police investigations revealed that Thawatchai was a well-known gambler who frequented gambling dens in both Phatthalung and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces. He had been living in the house with his wife when the assailant, identified as 44 year old Monchai Mueangkai, and from Phatthalung, burst in and opened fire without hesitation. Despite Thawatchai possessing a firearm, he did not return fire.

Pol. Capt. Chakrit explained that Monchai was the estranged husband of Thawatchai’s wife. Despite not being officially separated, Monchai’s wife had left him to live with Thawatchai at the house where the shooting occurred. Driven by rage upon discovering their whereabouts, Monchai tracked them down and carried out the deadly attack.

Shortly after the shooting, police launched a manhunt and swiftly apprehended Monchai, who was still in possession of the 9mm handgun used in the murder. He was charged with premeditated murder and violations of the Firearms Act.

During interrogation, Monchai admitted to the charges, stating that he was driven by anger and jealousy after learning that Thawatchai had taken his wife and was living with her, reported KhaoSod.

“I was furious that he took my wife and lived with her. I tracked them down and shot him.”

Following his confession, Monchai was handed over to the investigating officers for further legal proceedings.

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