Connect with us


Deputy mayor victim of “poisoning’ attempt

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Deputy mayor victim of “poisoning’ attempt | Thaiger

THALANG: Police are investigating whether a bottle of water in the Thepkrasattri Municipal Offices contained poison – and whether it was part of a murder attempt by municipal officers bent on revenge after being accused of embezzlement of municipal funds. Accusations of skulduggery and fraud – and possible links to a double murder – were flying today at the troubled municipal offices. The man who sipped the contaminated water from the glass, the 49-year-old Deputy Mayor for Public Health and Environment, Manoch Chotivarananon, is sure the water was laced with poison. At about 4 pm last Friday, he explained, an officer poured him a glass from a bottle in the office refrigerator. “When the glass reached my mouth, I realized it wasn’t just water,” he told the Gazette. “A little bit went down my throat,” he said. “I spat out the rest and when it hit the floor it fizzed. I rinsed out my mouth quickly and officers helped me to get to Thalang Hospital. He stayed in hospital overnight but, ignoring doctors’ recommendations, discharged himself the following day. “I’m still confused as to why I was poisoned because I don’t have any conflicts with other people,” he told the Gazette. “I don’t want to point the finger at anyone until this matter becomes clearer because it will be dangerous for me to talk more, and may also affect the case.” The reason K. Manoch immediately suspected he had been poisoned was the bitter atmosphere at the municipal offices on Thepkrassatri Rd, close to the Thalang Municipal Offices and the local police station. Suspicion and distrust have permeated the offices since the double murder of Mayor Prasong Trairat’s parents, Prasert and Thavorn Trairat, by gunmen at their home on May 5 last year. The shootings came soon after the mayor’s father, a community leader, made accusations of corruption at the Thepkrassatri municipal offices. No one has yet been brought to justice for hiring the killers, but one official was later transferred to Cherng Talay as a result of the accusations. Mayor Prasong told the Gazette that he believed someone deliberately put the poisoned water in a bottle in the refrigerator in the finance division at the offices. “I’m not sure, though, whether that person wanted to murder some of the new financial officers who have just been appointed to work here,” he said. “I have found many suspect projects and have established that the old financial team of the municipality created some problems,” K. Prasong said. “For example, there was a football project that the Municipality organized. The amount in the bank should be 160,000 baht, but when I checked, there was only 268 baht left in the account. “The police are investigating,” he said. “I think it must be someone in the Municipality because other people normally don’t have access to this refrigerator. I don’t think K. Manoch is the one the criminal intended to kill.” Pol Lt Col Jumroon Playdoung of Thalang Police Station said, “We have talked with K. Manoch and to the officer who gave him the glass of water but she didn’t know anything about poison. If it is an attempt at murder, the motive is still not clear. We have to investigate further.” He added, “I believe K. Manoch was probably not the real target but we are not sure who was.” While police theorize that acid may have been added to the water, they are now awaiting the results of lab tests being performed in Bangkok.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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:

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai PM sued, 4 phase Reopening plan | September 28

Thailand8 hours ago

List of disease restrictions by colour-coded zoning

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 9,489 new cases; provincial totals

Sponsored13 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, joins global event for children’s wellbeing

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand10 hours ago

Alleged drug dealer busted in Chon Buri, police seize drugs and gun

Crime11 hours ago

Nearly 200 police have been found guilty of misconduct this year

Thailand11 hours ago

Legalising prostitution, Beautiful Temples, Thai Taxi’s | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 27

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand11 hours ago

Army ranger suspected of killing his wife and mother-in-law surrenders to authorities in Songkhla

Thailand12 hours ago

6 dead and 30 provinces affected by topical storm ‘Dianmu’

Thailand13 hours ago

Kanchanaburi experiences earthquake so minor hardly anyone notices it

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Emergency decree extended, Quarantine waved | September 28

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand’s reopening divided into 4 phases

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand Restrictions waived Nov 1, Pornography law amendments | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 97

Coronavirus World15 hours ago

Restrictions tightened in Singapore amid surge in Covid-19 infections

Thailand15 hours ago

Pattaya mayor confirms Pattaya reopening postponed to November

Coronavirus (Covid-19)15 hours ago

Thai PM hit with 50-million-baht lawsuit from angry restaurant operators

Thailand2 weeks ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Phuket7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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