Jealous Thai man slits wife’s throat with machete for ‘talking to another man on the phone’

A Thai man coldly murdered his wife with a machete in Krabi province in southern Thailand yesterday. He said he slit her throat out of rage because she was “topless and talking to another man on the phone.” Then he fled the scene.

Police tracked down and arrested 50 year old Prachuap Nuanchan at a shrimp farm in Pak Trae subdistrict, Ranot district, Songkhla province.

Prachuap confessed to killing his 58 year old wife Rattanakul, or “Khlad,” at their home in Phela subdistrict, Khlong Tom district, Krabi province.

Jealous Prachuap said he returned home from work yesterday to find his wife lying topless on the phone to another man. He saw red, grabbed a machete, and slashed her to death.

He told the police that there is evidence of the phone call on his wife’s phone – as if that would make his crime any less heinous.

The married couple lived together for more than 20 years and mostly got along well aside from a few fights, Prachuap told the police. He said he raised his wife’s daughter – his stepdaughter – from the age of two until adulthood.

He said that both he and his wife used to work but his wife recently retired to stay at home. Prachuap claims that his wife spoke badly of his parents and threatened him with the knife first.

Despite fleeing the scene and crossing through several provinces to get to Songkhla, Prachuap claims he planned on handing himself in to the police. He has asked police whether it would be possible for him to return to his wife’s body to ask for forgiveness.

Police detained Prachuap at Khlong Thom Police Station and charged him with murder.

Yesterday in Trat province, a Thai man murdered his ex-girlfriend in the middle of the restaurant where she worked as a restaurant after failing to win her back. He picked up a chopping knife from the kitchen and slashed her head until she died.

Two weeks ago, another jealous Thai man shot his ex-girlfriend in the head when she wouldn’t take him back in the central province of Nakhon Pathom.

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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.