Connect with us

Phuket

Burmese crew’s mutiny-murder run ends in Phuket

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A mutinous Burmese fishing crewman has confessed to Phuket Police that he hacked to death the ship’s “cruel” Thai captain before attacking the vessel’s technician, who jumped overboard and is presumed dead.

The crew of seven Burmese were found yesterday aboard the fishing vessel Wor Suphaporn, stranded off Mai Thon island.

“Nud”, 25, confessed to Phuket Police that on October 12 he murdered “Mr Lue”, captain of the vessel, with a butcher’s knife and dumped his body in the sea.

He then turned his attention on Mr Lek, the ship’s Thai-national technician, and “caused his death” by attacking him and forcing him to jump overboard in Indonesian waters.

The owner of the Wor Suphaporn – sailing out of Gantang, Trang Province – reported to Marine Police Division 8 Panya Chaichana that they lost contact with the vessel on October 13.

Fearing a pirate attack, Lt Col Panya launched a search for the vessel. It was soon spotted off the southern end of Mai Thon Island, between Phuket and Phi Phi Island.

When police boarded the ship, they found the seven Burmese crew members but no sign of the captain or technician.

Upon investigation, police found bloodstains in the cabin and control room.

The crew was brought to Phuket for further investigations led by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong, Phuket City Police Superintendent Chote Chitchai and Marine Police Officers.

Nud, the helmsman of Wor Suphaporn, confessed to the murder of Mr Lue and Mr Lek.

He killed the captain because he was constantly abusive, verbally and physically. He couldn’t take it anymore, so he grabbed the cleaver and hacked Mr Lue to death, police quoted him saying.

After murdering the pair, the crew headed for Phuket, where Nud planned to go ashore and disappear into the huge population of Burmese migrant workers.

“Mr Nud’s intention was to stop in Phuket and run, but he mistakenly landed the boat at Mai Thon island, thinking it was Phuket. Luckily, we spotted him right as he approached shore,” Lt Col Panya said.

The Wor Suphaporn had been at sea in Indonesian waters for about five months.

Phuket City Police Duty Officer Jessada Saengsuree told the Phuket Gazette today that his office will announce this afternoon what charges will be filed against the seven men.

They are currently being held at Phuket City Police Station.

— Warisa Temram

 

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.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Economy43 mins ago

Thai baht soars to six-month high against US dollar

Pattaya50 mins ago

Motorcycle taxi riders rally against unlicensed ride-share app drivers in Pattaya

Pollution1 hour ago

Over 100 tonnes of garbage estimated near Phuket Fishing Port

Sponsored8 hours ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Thailand2 hours ago

Stop giving monkeys cigarettes, beg locals in Lop Buri, Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

World Cup broadcasting soap opera drama rumbles on

Transport2 hours ago

Thai Vietjet plans new routes to China, India, Japan, Vietnam

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime3 hours ago

Police arrest weight loss pill executive for causing 4 deaths in Thailand

Phang Nga3 hours ago

Phang Nga officials find more leatherback turtle eggs

Tourism3 hours ago

Thai AirAsia Melbourne and Sydney connections take to the air

Bangkok3 hours ago

Fireworks to dazzle Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River area on New Year’s Eve

Medical4 hours ago

Resurgence of AIDS in Thailand overshadows UNAIDS summit

Phuket4 hours ago

Thai VietJet cancels Phuket – Bangkok flight last minute over 1 extra passenger

Food4 hours ago

Thailand’s top cheesemaker toasts his own success

Crime5 hours ago

New details unfolding over alleged assault by Pattaya loan sharks

Hot News5 hours ago

Family of man who died after a hair transplant warns others to avoid cowboy clinics

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