Bloody confrontation on dusty road: Fatal stabbing rocks peaceful village in Nakhon Phanom

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

A tragic incident unfolded in the village of Phathai, Tha Uthen, Nakhon Phanom, where a 48 year old local man was fatally stabbed multiple times by a 56 year old man from Loei province. The killing took place on a dusty road near the perpetrator’s residence at around 5.30pm yesterday.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Saewang Khonklong, station chief of Tha Uthen Police Station, revealed that after the suspect, San, stabbed the victim, Ratchan, to death, he fled the scene.

The suspect, being an outsider, feared retaliation from the victim’s family. Today, a combined team of investigators from Tha Uthen Police Station and Nakhon Phanom Provincial Police arrested San at his residence, which is located just 50 metres across from the victim’s house. The arrest was facilitated by local administrative officials persuading the victim’s family to bring him in.

Initial investigations revealed that Ratchan, the deceased, often had disputes with San and would regularly insult him for being an outsider. Before the incident, Ratchan had come to San’s house, banging on the door and threatening him with a gun and a stick. The noise from the door banging provoked San, who couldn’t stand it any longer, so he grabbed a knife and attacked Ratchan, which led to his death, reported KhaoSod.

San’s wife, who was taking a shower at the time, heard the commotion and quickly got dressed to inform relatives and report the incident to the authorities. Following this, the investigative police team found the knife used in the attack at the suspect’s residence and took it as evidence. San, who was brought in for questioning, initially admitted to committing the crime and was charged with murder.

On the other side, the victim’s 17 year old son, Noi (pseudonym), revealed that after school, his elder sister, who is the deputy mayor, called to inform him that their father had died.

He was shocked and cried uncontrollably. Noi admitted that his father and the perpetrator didn’t get along very well. Regardless, he would like the perpetrator to come and pay his respects to his father’s body as a form of penance.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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