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600 Baht Drug Debt Ends with Man Shot Dead at His Home in Kalasin

He was eating at the back of his home when he was shot down.

In the middle of the night on February 24th, 2021, police in the Yang Talat district of Kalasin province received a call that there was a shooting at a local home with one man injured. Officers arrived at the scene and found Mr. Thosaphon Saenjam, 31 years old, with one bullet wound through the chest.

There were bloodstains throughout the whole house. The bullet had gone through the young man’s heart. The victim was rushed to the hospital but soon passed away from the injuries.

Mr. Prinya, aged 27, the victim’s brother, told officers that his deceased brother was eating rice in the back of the house when the attack went down. A man nicknamed “Zack” drove up to the house on a motorbike. He walked to the back of the house, found the victim, and asked for 600 baht that the victim owed him.

There was a disagreement and Zack pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Saenjam once in the chest. In a previous encounter, Zack had pulled a knife on the victim to try to collect the debt. He also had posted on social media that he would come shoot Mr. Saenjam if he wasn’t paid.

Investigators believe the matter was due to the victim buying yaba from a bigger drug dealer and not paying back the 600 baht he was fronted.

Further investigation into the murder is ongoing.

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My take: Life is incredibly cheap in Thailand. Don’t get me wrong — it’s a wonderful place to live.

But if you get involved with the wrong set, and a debt goes unpaid, life boils down to $20 or 600 baht — boom, gone, shot right through the heart, light’s out.

I don’t expect this case will be particularly high priority. It’s a matter between drug dealers, according to the officers.

I’ll follow up if there’s any other reports.

Source: https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/827262

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