Loan shark claims debtor shot herself in the head at his house in Thailand

A loan shark in northern Thailand informed the police on Tuesday that a debtor – who is also his ex-girlfriend – committed suicide in front of him by shooting herself in the head due to financial stress. Her relatives are not convinced by the claim and insist that she never had a gun.

At 8.30pm, 58 year old Somkiat rang Mueang Phitsanulok Police Station to report that his debtor and ex-girlfriend, 47 year old Kaysorn, shot herself dead at his house on the Pichai Songkram Road in the central province of Phitsanulok.

Police and doctors from Buddhachinaraj Hospital rushed to the scene and discovered Kaysorn lying dead in a pool of blood. She sustained a headshot wound and a 22mm revolver lay on her right thigh.

Somkiat explained to the police that Kaysorn had borrowed 50,000 baht from him, and when she visited him to discuss the repayment, she admitted that she could not pay him back.

The loan shark claims he was understanding and forgiving with Kaysorn. But for some reason, Kaysorn suddenly produced a gun and shot herself in the head, he told police.

Kaysorn’s friend Chantima accompanied Kaysorn to Somkiat’s house that day. Kaysorn asked if they could go together as she needed to speak to Somkiat about her debt.

Chantima said she waited outside. When she heard a gunshot, she ran in and found Kaysorn dead.

The police didn’t reveal whether Chantima commented on her friend’s emotional state or if she knew whether Kaysorn took a gun with her.

Kaysorn’s sister, Prapa, told Sanook that she was suspicious about the circumstances surrounding Kaysorn’s death. She wondered why Kaysorn had to go to Somkiat’s house to commit suicide. If she was stressed, why wouldn’t she have done it at her own house, Prapa wondered.

The superintendent of the Mueang Phitsanulok Police Station, Parkphoom Prapsiphoom, told the media that Somkiat and Kaysorn were in a relationship that ended several months ago. The officers said they will thoroughly investigate whether Kaysorn’s death was a murder or a suicide.

In October last year, a loan shark shot a debtor eight times in the head when he couldn’t meet repayments in Songkhla province in southern Thailand.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.