Connect with us

Other News

Domestic dispute turns explosive

Published

 on 

Domestic dispute turns explosive | Thaiger

TRAT: A quarry worker and his wife were blown up after the man apparently detonated a quantity of C-4 plastic explosive during a domestic dispute on November 19. The blast, heard for up to 50km away, had villagers fearfing an invasion by the Cambodian army.

Police and rescue workers found the house of Phen Buntham, 42, and his wife Saijai Buntham completely destroyed by the blast. The bodies of the pair had been thrown in different directions by the force of the explosion.

Mr Phen’s brother-in-law Samphan Bunkhong said Mr Phen was the head of the explosives team at the quarry where they both worked in Bor Rai District. Every day, Mr Phen checked out around 50 bars of C-4 from the explosives depot. If any were unused at the end of the day, he was supposed to return them to the depot.

Mr Phen must have taken some of the explosives home that day, Mr Samphan said.

He believed Mr Phen must have detonated the explosives himself, as they are hard to detonate without using an electric fuse. As Mr Phen and his wife were known to engage in fierce fighting, Mr Phen could have detonated the blasts in the heat of an argument, Mr Samphan speculated.

Mrs Saijai’s younger sister Panchan Phromma said the couple had been arguing constantly in the days before the blast, though the fights had never turned physical. Mrs Panchan said she also believed the pair had likely died following a heated domestic dispute.

Inspector Seri Somphaibun from Bor Rai police declined to comment on the details of the case pending receipt of a report from Border Patrol Police explosives experts.

He would question the quarry owner to ensure that precautions to control explosives were adequate, he added.

Villagers in neighbouring sub-districts up to 50km away reported hearing the explosion. With Bor Rai District lying along the Thai-Cambodian, many residents thought fighting had broken out between the two countries, it was reported.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

World11 hours ago

Kanye West’s “White Lives Matter” shirt at Paris Fashion Week

Thailand12 hours ago

Tangmo defendant repays vow with 5-metre Ultraman figure

Bangkok12 hours ago

Bangkok asks companies to let employees work from home until October 7

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Prime minister’s achievements since coming back to the office

Best of12 hours ago

Revealed: the best rooftop bars in the world

Thailand12 hours ago

Father & 2 year old son shot in Chiang Mai

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Pattaya13 hours ago

Officials predict over 100,000 people at Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

Thailand13 hours ago

Six-legged golden frog brings good fortune in northern Thailand

Tourism13 hours ago

British Embassy Bangkok to hold a conference on tourism safety and security

Thailand13 hours ago

Mother seeks justice after a monk slapped her son

Expats13 hours ago

Bangkok ranked one of top 5 expat cities

Thailand13 hours ago

Woman abandons home after police ignore four burglaries

Thailand14 hours ago

VIDEO: Brave citizens save delivery driver swept away by floods in northeast Thailand

Chiang Mai14 hours ago

Chiang Mai wakes up to a flooded city district

World14 hours ago

Japanese warned to take cover over North Korea missile test

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending