Connect with us


Police shooting sparks Thepkrasattri Rd blockade

Legacy Phuket Gazette



KOH KAEW: About 1,000 people from Koh Kaew blocked Thepkrasattri Rd for four hours this afternoon after a 17-year-old local youth died after being shot by a policeman on the bypass road early this morning.

The protest caused long tailbacks with some tourists forced to carry their luggage past the mob and continue their journey in another vehicle.

The protest was sparked by the death of Worawut Samarnmit, who, according to his father K. Yongyuth, was shot by Sgt Prasarn Chuayman of Phuket City Police Station.

One of the victim’s friends told the Gazette that Worawut and his friends were riding along the bypass road about 1 am when two police officers pulled alongside and asked them to stop so they could inspect their driver’s licenses.

The youths refused to stop and one of the officers fired a shot, hitting Worawut in the left hip, the friend claimed.

Worawut was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital, where he died soon after, the friend added.

About noon today, the victim’s family and about 100 villagers from Moo 4 Tambon Koh Kaew brought Worawut’s body to Phuket City Police Station, where they were assured by Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Chalit Thintanee that the killer would be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

Unsatisfied by the assurances, villagers gathered in front of Yabunnoon Mosque about 2 pm and set up a blockade, refusing to let traffic pass.

At 3:15 pm, Phuket City Police Station Superintendent Col Nos Sawetalek arrived to negotiate with the protesters. He offered three assurances in return for them disbanding: 1) Police will not allow the suspect to leave the province; 2) The officer will be suspended from duty during the investigation; and 3) Five villagers will be appointed to the investigation committee.

However, the villagers refused to disperse and instead presented a list demanding:

1. an officer be named responsible for the case;

2. the officer who shot Worawut be discharged from the police force and all police officers assigned to Koh Kaew be assigned to another area;

3. the Crime Suppression Bureau or the Central Investigation Bureau be involved in the investigation;

4. the officer who shot Worawut pay compensation to the victim’s family.

5. protesters be granted immunity from prosecution for staging the protest.

6. all the demands be agreed in writing.

Col Chalit agreed to the demands, saying that he would be responsible for the case.

The crowd dispersed after the victim’s father confirmed that police had accepted their demands.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join 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:

Pattaya7 seconds ago

“Free parking” signs placed at Pattaya pier after complaints of scammers

Thailand49 mins ago

Bangkok land prices rising, but still below pre-pandemic average

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Monday Covid Update: 8,675 new cases; provincial totals

Sponsored1 hour ago

Pacific City Club – Where business and leisure meet

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!

Guides2 hours ago

Learn how to eat like a local – Thai table manner

Guides2 hours ago

Unique souvenirs to buy in Chiang Mai markets and night markets

Guides2 hours ago

12 job opportunities for foreigners in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Qantas to resume flights from Sydney to Bangkok and Phuket early 2022

Thailand2 hours ago

Thai corruption, Khlong san, Banter, Thai community help, Verandas | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 45

Guides2 hours ago

Everything you need to know about Loy Krathong

Guides2 hours ago

Bizarre Thai food only for the brave

Thailand4 hours ago

Huge quantities of used medical gloves shipped from Thailand to US

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Thailand Pass required in lieu of COE | October 25

Tourism6 hours ago

Foreign airlines give up 80% of their slots at Thailand’s airports amid uncertainty of next 5 months

Thailand7 hours ago

Phu Quoc to re-open, Covid cluster prompts fear, Scrapping tradition | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 115

Thailand7 hours ago

Thai government presents actor Russell Crowe with “thank you” gift basket

Thailand1 month ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Phuket8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 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

Thailand10 months ago

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

Thailand10 months ago

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