The suspect escaped to Lopburi and is hiding with powerful individuals there.
When: December 18th, 2020
Perpetrators: Mr. Kittisak, 37
Victims: Mr. Prasit Poomphuang, 38
What: On December 18th, 2020, Mr. Kaewphet, Chairman of the Social Justice Rehabilitation Campaign Network, held a press conference to bring attention to the murder of Mr. Poomphuang on October 31st, 2020. The perpetrator is reported to be Mr. Kittisak, 37, a former government official in Ayutthaya municipality.
The press conference saw the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Aree Bunsupap, 29, talk about the impact the murder had on the family. She said that her husband, Mr. Poomphuang, was the pillar of the family.
The murder took place in the middle of the Loi Krathong festival in Ayutthaya. The victim tried to resolve an argument and that’s when Mr. Kittisak pulled out a 9mm and shot the victim 8 times. The full motive for the murder remains unknown.
An arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Kittisak. However, the perpetrator escaped to Lopburi province and hid with powerful individuals in the area. The report states he has close relationships with police there. He has been able to successfully evade capture up until now. The Royal Thai Army has now been called to coordinate an investigation and to track down Mr. Kittisak to bring him into custody.
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My take: At first glance this story shows, yet again, that if you know the right people in Thailand you can get away with a lot. But it is hopeful that if the Royal Thai Army is getting involved in the case that there will be progress in bringing Mr. Kittisak into custody for the murder. We will update the story as reports come in.
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