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Patient allegedly shoots and kills doctor in Phetchaburi for overcharging

Caitlin Ashworth

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A patient allegedly shot and killed a doctor for overcharging him. When police arrested 22 year old Denphum “Phum” Sangthong and took him back to the doctor’s office to reenact the crime, a regular practice in Thai law enforcement, a crowd of around 300 people gathered at the scene, some calling for Phum to be executed. 40 police officers were deployed to guard the crime scene while Phum wore a motorcycle helmet and a bulletproof vest for protection during the reenactment.

Phum allegedly told police he was sick and couldn’t get in contact with the staff at the Phra Chom Klao Hospital in Phetchaburi to make an appointment, so he scheduled a visit at the hospital director’s private practice. Police say Phum claims he was charged 130 baht for a consultation rather than the 30 baht fee he would’ve been charged at a public hospital. Phum then allegedly lost his temper and shot 58 year old Chumphon Dechamphai 7 times.

Before going to the appointment, Phum spent 1,000 baht on amphetamines, he allegedly told police. Phum was allegedly under the influence of drugs when the shooting took place.

Phum was arrested at a hotel in Samut Songkhram on murder and weapons possession charges.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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21 Comments

21 Comments

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    Steve

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Quite frightning that a person would go to a doctor with a gun on his person.

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    Keith

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:57 am

    If everyone who had be overcharged by doctors there would not be many doctors left

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    EdwardV

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    So he killed the doctor over 100 Baht. Wow.

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    Fred glue

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    I told my mate 10 years ago that Thailand is too expensive now.

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Quite right too.
      It is the only way these overcharging Thais will learn to be honest.

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        Richard

        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 2:50 pm

        If overcharging was punishable by death won’t be many vendors in business

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      Tony

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      All.hospitals in Bangkok should increase security and checking for fire arms
      In future there may be more such incidents in Thailand as covid 19 has.made people lose their patience

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    Ynwaps

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Oh look they even give him a little pink toy gun to re-experience the act.

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Yes but I must commend the Thai police for their appreciation of sartorial elegance.
      They ensured that even though he is an alleged murderer, they allowed his rights to look cool, by providing him with a pink gun that matched his pink decorated helmet.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t have a pink helmet but I do have a pink gun……..

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    Kalyanaraman Santanam

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    victim of drugs, victim of fate.

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      Ynwaps

      Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      More likely a victim of mental illness, fuelled by drug addiction.
      Throw him into the dungeon with the rest.

      It’s just another case of lack of mental health treatment and support in Thailand. Though if he kills his own doctor, I’m not sure what outcome he expected lol.

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        Brian

        Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm

        Mental illness has been an intractable problem everywhere. We simply do not have any idea how to treat it. It’s nothing specific to Thailand.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Well you must purchase a pink decorated helmet to match you pink gun Mr Monroe.

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      Jesus Monroe

      Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:14 am

      I will tobes I do have a small pink helmet but not the big one…….

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    Andy Tong Dee

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Execution. It’s only fair. He’s forfeited the right to live.

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    brian mc

    Monday, December 21, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    lost his patients i guess.
    so, a helmet is for shooting not riding a motorbike
    must have looked suspicious though, turning up to see the doctor wearing a helmet and handcuffs

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:37 am

    I have always wondered…how is anyone found not guilty in this country if everyone “re-enacts” their crime for the police and cameras?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Not “everyone” does, Mr S.

      Assuming it’s a genuine question, the “re-enactments” are done to reduce the chances of someone pleading guilty and being paid to take the rap for a crime they didn’t commit while the real culprit goes free.

      So many plead guilty because if you do your sentence is automatically halved, and IIRC a murderer gets ‘life’ rather than a death sentence (not that they’re usually carried out anymore), and there’s less time spent on remand waiting for the case to be heard.

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    Jowen Yu

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:20 am

    That’s what drugs do to you no matter how you put it. Simple as that.

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    Michael Hunter

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:34 am

    I also have a pink helmet, but it covers the barrel on my 6 inch pistol.

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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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