The suspects have not been caught 3 days later.
When: December 26th, 2020
Where: Lahan Sai district, Buriram province
Perpetrators: 5-6 unnamed teens
Victims: Mr. Nopparat, alias Kru Bang Boonrat, 23
What: Reports came in on December 26th, 2020, from Ms. Phensiri Boonrat, 52, resident of Lahan Sai district in Buriram province, about an assault on her grandson, Mr. Nopparat, alias Kru Bang Boonrat, 23. He was seriously injured on the night of December 23rd, 2020, and was being treated at Buriram Center Hospital.
Mr. Nopparat, who’s a dance teacher, won a world dance competition, and also a model in Bangkok, came to visit his family in Buriram. He went out in the middle of the night with a cousin and another friend to get a bite to eat and some drinks.
Five to six teenagers came to the restaurant and asked to borrow a lighter. They also asked for alcohol from Mr. Nopparat’s table. The teens left and came back five minutes later. They attacked Mr. Nopparat and his friend, punching them and hitting them with chairs. They knocked Mr. Nopparat out unconscious.
Mr. Nopparat suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull. The motive for the attack is unknown. Jealousy has been ruled out as Mr. Nopparat was not flirting with any girl there. According to the report, the motive could be because Mr. Nopparat is very good looking, has a bubbly personality, and this annoyed the group of teens, who were probably drunk themselves.
The incident was reported to police that night, but none of the attackers have been apprehended. The report is now being published to help coordinate the efforts and find justice for Mr. Nopparat.
The dance competition referenced earlier in the article was called the IDO Hip Hop World Championships dance competition in Germany, which took place in October 2020. Mr. Nopparat won the title of “World Champion” in the Adult Duo category.
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My take: There are two interesting things about this story for me.
One: the motive according to the report is that Mr. Nopparat was attacked because he was good looking and had a personality to match. In itself, that doesn’t pass the smell test – but it could very well have been part of the motive. Pair his good looks with something else he may have done, and a more realistic motive starts to come into focus.
Two: the story hit the press on request of Mr. Nopparat’s grandmother. She came to the reporter to get visibility on the case that for three days had went unresolved. This is one function of the “tabloid” or daily press in Thailand: for citizens to get their own justice and put more social pressure on authorities who are investigating the case.
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