Factory worker found dead in central Thailand

Image courtesy of Khaosod

A tragic incident occurred at a technology centre in a factory in the Mueang District of Chachoengsao where an employee was found dead in his office after having sustained a gunshot wound.

At approximately 7.30am yesterday, Deputy Inspector of the Mueang Chachoengsao Police Station, Thanchanok Rutjanthong received a report of a shooting death in the technology centre’s office.

She promptly coordinated with forensic experts from Phutthasothon Hospital and Chachoengsao rescue officials to examine the scene.

The body of 43 year old Sunthorn was discovered on the second floor of a building behind the factory. He was found seated on a chair with a noticeable gunshot wound to his left temple. A .45 calibre handgun was on his lap.

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Further inspection revealed that the bullet had exited through the right side of his temple and landed nearby. Forensic officers collected gunshot residue for analysis and reviewed CCTV footage, which confirmed that Sunthorn was alone at the time of the incident and had taken his own life.

Family members arrived visibly distressed and confirmed that Sunthorn had not shared any personal problems or grievances with anyone at home. However, they noted that he had become increasingly withdrawn in recent times.

Three days prior, Sunthorn had made an unsettling comment, asking his family to take care of his children, hinting at his eventual tragic decision.

Night shift

A factory cleaner, 50 year old Nittaya recounted her experience. She mentioned that Sunthorn was on the night shift, working from 10pm to 7am, overseeing the factory’s computer and machinery systems.

Yesterday, Nittaya cleaned the office without noticing anything unusual. However, upon returning the next morning, she found the room in darkness, which was atypical since the lights were usually left on for the night shift workers.

“I walked into the room to turn on the lights and was shocked to see Sunthorn’s body on the chair, with blood everywhere.”

The Thai emergency services have since moved Sunthorn’s body to Phutthasothon Hospital for further examination, including detailed CCTV analysis and other forensic evaluations, to eliminate any remaining doubts about the nature of his death. The body will be returned to his family for religious rites once investigations are concluded, reported Khaosod.

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). Please also contact your friends or relatives at this time if you have feelings of loneliness, stress, or depression. Seek help.

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Ryan Turner

Ryan is a journalism student from Mahidol University with a passion for history, writing and delivering news content with a rich storytelling narrative.

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