Woman murders friend’s abusive husband at an Isaan resort

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A Thai woman shot her friend’s husband at a resort hotel in the Rattnana Wapee district in the northeastern province of Nong Khai. The man later died in hospital yesterday.

Officers from Rattana Wapee Police Station launched an investigation into the resort hotel last night after the shooting. Thirty-seven-year-old Thai man Sopha Suphomueng was found with a gunshot wound in his back in the lobby of the hotel and was rushed to the hospital. However, doctors could not save him.

The gunman, 36 year old Pajaree, waited for officers at the scene and handed over her gun, a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol.

The deceased’s wife, 25 year old Katesara, revealed to the media that she had a serious conflict with her husband, which developed into physical violence, requiring police intervention. The details of the dispute between the two were not disclosed.

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After a fight with her husband, Katesara fled to live with her friend, Pajaree, at her resort. She revealed that she went to stay with Pajaree because her husband was a police officer, and the resort was known to welcome the police. She believed that her husband would not dare to approach her there.

Unfortunately, Sopha discovered her hiding place and came to the resort. He ordered his wife to return home with him. According to Katesara, Sopha was violent with her.

The friend, Pajaree, attempted to help Katesara by intervening but Sopha slapped her face. Pajaree became angry, grabbed her gun and shot Sopha in the back.

The dead man’s mother, 65 year old Chan, acknowledged to the media that she knew about the conflict between the two. Katesara urged the mother-in-law- to come to their house to help clear the issue, while her son urged her to stay away. Chan admitted that she did not expect the situation to lead to the death of her son.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger who focuses on translating breakingThai news stories into English. With a background in field journalism, Petch brings several years of experience to the English News desk at The Thaiger. Before joining The Thaiger, Petch worked as a content writer for several known blogging sites in Bangkok, including Happio and The Smart Local. Her articles have been syndicated by many big publishers in Thailand and internationally, including the Daily Mail, The Sun and the Bangkok Post. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp! But during office hours, you can find Petch on LinkedIn and you can reach her by email at petch@thethaiger.com.

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