PHUKET TOWN: A man who touched a karaoke girl on the bottom was hacked to death in a machete-swinging melée between two groups that followed the seemingly trivial incident early today. The girl’s boyfriend, who was outraged at the bottom-touching, is being sought over the killing and the wounding of two other men in a battle behind Tuenjai Apartment at Poonpol Night Plaza on Poonpol Rd about 1:30 am. Police said the dead man, whom they named as Boonruam Sanaram, 21, from Nakhon Phanom, went with three friends to a karoake bar on Ongsimpai Rd, near Nimit Circle, last night. Police were told that he had called over a girl, Nong O, to sit with them and chat. While chatting, Boonruam touched O on the bottom. She grew angry and left the bar to tell her boyfriend, Bao, what had happened. Bao then allegedly brought 10 of his friends and pursued Boonruam, who had left the karaoke with his friends on their motorcycles. They caught up with them behind the apartment building, and the battle began. Pol Capt Kittitat Daengnui, a duty officer at Phuket Town Police Station, called to the rear of the apartment early today, found Boonruam dead, two others wounded, and a fourth exhausted but unharmed after managing to hide in the dark. Police are now hunting for Bao and his friends.
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