Phuket

Two surrender over vicious attack

CHALONG: Two people accused of being involved in the death of Koh Racha Yai restaurateur Dern Wora-ngon and the beating of his nephew, Jantree Mahanwongpan, have handed themselves in at Chalong Police Station.

K. Dern and K. Jantree were ambushed by a man and two teenagers at Bangkhontee Beach in Rawai early in the afternoon of December 10. K. Jantree escaped by fleeing into the sea and reported the attack to Chalong Police Station, while K. Dern fought the attackers.

Police arrived at the scene to find K. Dern had been beaten to death with a three-inch piece of lumber that was found near his body, which had also sustained injuries police believe were caused by a sharp weapon.

The investigating officer, Pol Maj Peerapan Meemak, told the Gazette that the two accused, Prawit Salee – also known as Tailee Salee – and an 18-year-old presented themselves at the police station and were later released on bail.

Maj Peerapan did not disclose the amount of bail.

The pair’s surrender to police follows that of the third assailant, who turned himself in to Chalong police within hours of the attack.

He said, “Based on the results of the autopsy on K. Dern, both were charged with being accomplices to attempted murder, but they denied the charge and declined making a statement to the police.”

Maj Peerapan added that officers are gathering more evidence and he expects police to press charges by January 17.

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