He fled to a neighboring country after the murder and returned to Thailand to escape a COVID19 outbreak.
When: January 31st, 2021
Perpetrators: Mr. Niran, 52
Victims: Mr. Sian Josian
What: On January 31st, 2021, police in Chonburi arrested Mr. Niran, 52, on an arrest warrant from Udon Thani for the charge of “killing another deliberately and illegal firearm possession.”
The case stems back to the 2014 murder of Mr. Sian Josian in front of the Glugel restaurant in Udon Thani. After the killing, the suspect fled to an unnamed neighboring country.
The motive for the murder was that the deceased owed Mr. Niran millions of baht. When the suspect confronted the debtor, Mr. Sian claimed he had no money to pay off the debt. At this point Mr. Niran shot Mr. Sian down dead.
Mr. Niran fled to a neighboring country for several years. The COVID19 outbreak caused him to return to Thailand. According to the report, Mr. Niran entered the country “secretly”, I’d assume this means through illegal means.
Mr. Niran has initially pled guilty to the crimes. He will be brought back to Udon Thani for legal proceedings.
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My take: Well, looks like COVID19 claims another victim. This time, it’s the freedom of a killer who had been on the lam and returned to Thailand to escape the virus.
Mr. Niran weighed the risk of returning to Thailand and face consequences for the man he killed vs. escape a pandemic in a neighboring country. His long awaited arrest was the result. Maybe COVID19 can bring justice to the world after all.
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