Tragic property dispute ends in fatal shooting: Former owner surrenders to police

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The former owner of the repossessed house in Pathum Thani province near Bangkok surrendered to the police last night after he shot and killed its new owner. The new owner bought the property from the bank. The accused murderer alleged that the bank unjustly seized his house and resold it.

At 3pm yesterday, the former owner of the house, 65 year old Deacha, fatally shot the new houseowner, 52 year old Kamonporn Donthong, right in front of the aforementioned house in the Green Garden Village in the Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani.

The murder stemmed from a dispute regarding ownership of the house. The house had been repossessed by the Government Savings Bank, leading to Kamonporn’s purchase of the property from the bank. However, the former owner, Deacha, refused to vacate the premises.

Despite Kamonporn’s attempts to resolve the situation and negotiations, Deacha remained unconvinced. On the incident day, Kamonporn visited the house to negotiate with Deacha again but it ultimately led to his murder.

Officers from Thanyaburi Police Station surrounded the house and tried to convince Deacha to surrender for over five hours. Deacha insisted that the police contact Thai social media influencer Kannarat “Gun” Pongpaiboonwet, expressing his desire to meet him before surrendering.

Gun agreed to meet Deacha, so he surrendered to the police at about 9pm last night. Deacha reported to Gun that the bank deceived him and seized his house. He also handed the document and evidence to Gun to back his claim.

Gun spoke to the gathered media. He said…

“I agreed to meet Deacha because I do not want any residents or police officers to be in danger. I do not mean to help him escape from the murder charge. I just come to listen to what he wants to tell me. He said he was treated unfairly by the bank. I will investigate the issue.”

Deacha added…

“The deceased told me on June 28 of last year that she would sell the house back to me at 500,000 baht. We talked about this several times, but she always changed her mind and talked differently. I admit that I am too impatient. I have a gun, so I have to do it. I do not receive any justice. I want Gun to help with this and I already submit a complaint to the CEO of the bank.”

The police issued three charges against Deacha:

  • Section 290 of the Criminal Law: Causing fatal bodily harm to another person. The penalty will be imprisonment ranging from three to 15 years.
  • Section 138 of the Criminal Law: Resisting or obstructing official officers in the due exercise of their duties. The penalty will be imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.
  • The Act on Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks, and Imitation Firearms. The specific details of the charge were not revealed.


ORIGINAL STORY: Woman shot dead by ex-owner refusing to vacate repossessed house

A tragic incident unfolded today afternoon in Thanyaburi district, Pathum Thani when a woman was fatally shot by the irate former owner of a house she had recently purchased from a bank. The man, 65 years old, had refused to vacate the property and was in a standoff with the police at the time of the shooting.

Officers were alerted to the situation around 3pm at a housing estate on Thanyaburi’s Khlong 11 in Tambon Bueng Namrak. The woman, whose name had not yet been disclosed, was found dead on the road outside the house.

As police surrounded the property, the former owner remained inside, and negotiations were initiated to convince the shooter to surrender. The 65 year old man had lost ownership of the house after it was seized by the bank and subsequently sold, reports Bangkok Post.

The new owner had approached the residence to discuss the man’s departure from the property. However, instead of engaging in conversation, he allegedly shot her with a firearm, resulting in her immediate death.

As of 4.45pm, the police were still surrounding the house, with the alleged shooter remaining inside.

A few days ago, a shooting occurred at a noodle shop in the Nonthaburi province near Bangkok, resulting in the death of a groom-to-be and injuries to two others. Reports suggest that the motive behind the shooting was a dispute over debt and an illegal business venture.

About a month ago, a Thai gunman was arrested for murdering one of his neighbours and injuring a 12 year old girl in a northern village in the province of Lampang. The suspect believed the deceased victim was plotting to kill him, leading to the unfortunate incident.

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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.