Man stabbed to death in shopping mall near Bangkok
A man was stabbed to death after a silly staring row in the Zeer Rangsit shopping mall in the Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani province near Bangkok last night. The attacker surrendered himself to the police at the murder scene.
Officers from Khu Kot Police Station and a rescue team arrived at the murder scene at 9pm and discovered a 28 year old man named Narathip Tahawong lying on the floor with several serious wounds to his body.
Narathip had been stabbed in his chest, right arm, right knee, and back. He was immediately rushed to Pat Rangsit Hospital but, unfortunately, died later.
According to the police, Narathip worked at a printer service shop in the shopping mall, and Pheeran, the alleged murderer, was the son of a shop owner in the same mall. They reportedly had a dispute after they both stared at each other. The conflict eventually led to the stabbing.
Narathip’s colleague told officers that Pheeran started the fight. He and his mother came to the shop and had a row with Narathip. Narathip was angry and later went to their shop where he was fatally stabbed.
The colleague understands that the conflict sparked because they stared at each other while the offender walked past the printer service shop to the bathroom and when he smoked cigarettes at the shopping mall’s smoking area.
Pheeran was arrested at the scene with the six-inch knife. He told a different story to Narathip’s colleague, saying that Narathip started the fight first.
Pheeran explained that Narathip blamed him for staring at him while he was walking to the bathroom, and he got angry and dared him to fight even though he did not have a weapon with him at that time.
According to Pheeran, Narathip threatened to shoot him. He allegedly said…
“My gun bullets do not have any eyes. They might accidentally go to you.”
Pheeran then sought a knife and carried it with him all the time. Narathip later went to his shop with an iron rod and struck him with it. Pheeran fought back by stabbing Narathip. Narathip fled from the scene, but Pheeran followed him and continued stabbing him.
Police denied bail to Pheeran and issued two charges against him including:
- Section 8 of the Act on Firearms, Ammunition, Explosive, Fireworks, and Imitation Firearm: carrying a gun in a public place without permission and necessary. The punishment will be imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.
- Section 290 of the Criminal Law: attacking another person leading to death. The punishment will be imprisonment for three years to 15 years.
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