The motive was due to non-payment of wages.
When: January 3rd, 2021
Where: Saraphi district, Chiang mai
Perpetrators: Mr. Suay Ung, alias Gun, 33; Jaii Aiki, 22; both Burmese nationals
Victims: Mr. Ong Kham Muang Saen; Tai Yai / Burmese national
What: Police in Saraphi, Chiang Mai announced at 10AM on January 3rd, 2021 the arrest of two individuals in connection with a murder. The perpetrators are named as Mr. Suay Ung, alias Gun, 33; and Jaii Aiki, 22; both are Burmese nationals from Shan State.
They were arrested with a 68 cm long knife / sword that was suspected to have been used in the attack on Mr. Ong Kham Muang Saen, who died from his wounds. The two suspects were brought to Saraphi police station and confessed to the crime.
The attack happened on January 1st, 2021, at 10:30PM. The body of the victim was found in the parking lot of a house in Saraphi district. Police went to investigate and found a blood stained stick, a sharp knife, and the body of Mr. Ong Kham. He was taken to Saraphi hospital and later passed away from his injures.
Police tracked down Mr. Aiki, who initially fled capture. When he was detained, another weapon was found on him. It was later found that Mr. Suay Ong was also involved in the murder, along with others, who are identified as Mr. La, Nai Mae, Mr. Maung Pun, and Mr. Ta. The other are being pursued by police.
The motive for the murder is that the group of construction workers had a dispute over wages and the work that the victim, Mr. Ong Kham, hired them for. The group found the victim at a celebration in front of his house and attacked him with the knives.
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My take: The report does state there was a dispute about wages but it’s not 100% clear if there were other factors involved.
All parties involved, both perpetrators and victim, are identified as Tai Yai.
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