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Man allegedly beats wife and son to death before attacking neighbour

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: ONB News: Crime renactment

A 50 year old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his wife and son, then setting their bodies on fire at their home in Nakhon Pathom, in central Thailand. Phan Thopa is facing charges of murder and arson as well as physical assault causing injury after he chased after a neighbour and hit her with a hammer, breaking her arm.

Phan allegedly admitted to police that he killed both his 48 year old wife Anon Seedawong and their son, 14 year old Ekkararat Thopa by beating their heads with a hammer. He then covered their bodies with blankets and clothing, pouring petrol over the fabric and setting it on fire, Phan allegedly told officers.

A neighbour, 59 year old Lakhon Nuata, says she had heard commotion coming from the house and looked to see what was happening. Smoke was coming from the house and Phan was coming toward her with a hammer.

Lakhon says she ran away as he chased her, swinging the hammer at her back and head, luckily missing. As he swung the hammer again, she raised her arm to block, but the hammer hit her arm, breaking the bone.

Chief of the Nakhon Phanom police says he questioned the relatives who claim Phan has mental health problems, sometimes with delusions that someone was assaulting him, depriving him of his wife and son, and taking his belongings. Apparently, Phan had not taken his medication in 3 months and had been drinking alcohol.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    brian mc

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    terrible. but why didnt those 2 police officers try to stop him?

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      Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 4:18 am

      Are you serious? This photo is not made at the time the crime took place. The Thai police like to make photos, they try to imitate what happened before.

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      Robert S Rost

      Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 4:55 am

      They weren’t there when the murders happened. Police have the assailants reenact violent crimes after the fact. So, they can get an idea of how the crimes took place. That’s why the police are taking pictures.

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    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Why did they not stop it? Taking pictures like some sick people. Can’t believe society has come to this because of social media.

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      Friday, November 6, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Brian and Ynwaps.

      Are you both joking?

      The picture is of the police re-enacting the scene for evidence, can’t you see them all wearing Police uniforms or police vests?

      Now I know how all of this conspiracy nonsense happens as you have just made up a story out of nothing. Not by malice but by not looking at the whole picture.

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    Noneya Bidnizz

    Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Uhmm — thats a CARDBOARD HAMMER !

    It`s a typical Thai “ crime re-enactment “ — NOT THE ACTUAL CRIME !!! ——–

    Hey Thaiger news : — was it in Nakhon Pathom or Nakhon Phanom ? —-

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      brian mc

      Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      i didnt read that he used a cardboard hammer. smart. it would burn in the fire leaving no fingerprints, just as well the officers were there to catch him on camera

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        Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 12:13 am

        brian mc

        LOL !!!!!!!

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    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 9:48 am

    The police are taking pictures and recording proof on how the suspect did it. The suspect is just re-enacting the crime to show what or how he did the crime…

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    brian mc

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    does anyone know if they finally caught the guy who did this?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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