Son slits father’s throat in Phuket, allegedly in self defence

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A man in Phuket allegedly killed his father in a violent incident over cigarette money. The man, 26 year old Arnon Kammanochart, slit the throat of his father, 51 year old Uthai Kammanochart, in Thalang district yesterday evening. Arnon said that he was defending himself.

Arnon told Thalang Police that his father asked him to buy cigarettes. Arnon said he went to his grandmother’s house for some cash but she refused to give him any money.

Arnon said he came back home and told his father that his grandmother refused to give him money. He said his father then became violent and kicked him in the face.

Arnon says he grabbed a kitchen knife to defend himself and struggled with his father physically before slitting his throat and killing him.

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Thalang Police arrived to find Arnon waiting in front of the house, ready to turn himself in. They found Uthai’s body on a bed in the back of the house, with gaping wounds on his neck and face.

There were no witnesses to confirm or deny Arnon’s statement since Arnon and Uthai lived with only each other.

Thai media reported that Arnon and Uthai had been boiling kratom leaves for a drink.

Across Thailand, there have been a few tragic deaths and injuries this year involving family members attacking each other.

In July, a Chon Buri man claimed he shot and killed his stepson in a fit of rage over his loud music. The man said he had been consumed with anger when he shot Prasert after he refused to lower the volume.

Also in July, another Pattaya man allegedly stabbed his relative after the two of them drank together. The victim’s sister told police the two had been drinking and had started to fight, but she had no idea what caused the stabbing. The victim was heavily bleeding, and emergency responders rushed him to a nearby hospital.

After this latest tragedy of violence within a family, a man in Phuket has been left dead.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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