Connect with us


Phuket taxi driver killer turns himself in

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The man who fatally stabbed a Karon taxi driver in Samkong early yesterday morning turned himself in today.

Jirawat Kongtanote, 22, has been charged for the murder of his neighbor, Teeranan Phongkrathin, 29 (story here).

Mr Jirawat accepted the charge, saying, “We were friends and I stabbed him.”

The two men had a long-running argument that involved, at least in part, Mr Teeranan’s anger that Mr Jirawat did not show him respect, said Phuket City Police Deputy Superintendent Prawit Engchuan.

The stabbing occurred following a run-in between the two men.

“I was riding my motorbike back home and saw Teeranan on his bike at the entrance to the street where I live,” Mr Jirawat told police.

“He called me to stop and said ‘Lately, you’ve been ignoring me when I talk to you.’

“Then he punched me in the face,” Mr Jirawat said.

Mr Jirawat rode off and gathered some friends to look for Mr Teeranan. They found him drinking with a group at Samkong Shrine, said Lt Col Prawit.

“Teeranan threw a bottle of water at me,” said Mr Jirawat.

“We fought, and I stabbed him once, and then ran away,” he said.

Mr Jirawat fled to the home of relatives in Sri Soonthorn.

Police secured an arrest warrant for him yesterday afternoon, but by 9:30pm he had arrived at Phuket City Police Station with his parents to turn himself in.

Mr Jirawat is charged with murder in a gang and possession of a knife in a public area without reasonable cause.

Police continue their search for the other men involved in the attack.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


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:

Thailand57 seconds ago

Good Morning Thailand | Chris Parker “Retired Working For You”, Auto translate fail, Sandbox update

World17 mins ago

New Zealand economy bounces back to pre-pandemic levels, exceeding forecasts

Myanmar25 mins ago

US Embassy in Thailand issues security alert due to violence near Myanmar border

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


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

Sponsored by image

Hong Kong41 mins ago

Hong Kong police arrest 5 executives and raid offices of pro-democracy newspaper

Thailand1 hour ago

Thursday Covid Update: 3,129 new cases and 30 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Medic says 10% of Covid-19 infections in Bangkok are Delta variant

Phuket2 hours ago

TAT asked to make changes to Phuket sandbox before submitting for final approval

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

“We’ll do better on vaccines, there’s loads more on the way” – Anutin

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Health Department warns: Avoid Covid-19, don’t have sex

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

PM Prayut announces Thailand will fully reopen within 120 days

Transport17 hours ago

Thai Airways rehabilitation plan accepted by Bankruptcy Court

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | PM apologises, vaccine delays, Pattaya sandbox? and sharks | June 16

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Restaurants request easing of Covid-19 rules and financial aid

Thailand17 hours ago

Isaan farmer and son electrocuted and killed by wire fence in rice field

Thailand18 hours ago

Another data breach: Info leaked on Bangkok Immigration website

Thailand3 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8