The suspect confessed to the brutal murder — claims that the victim destroyed his property and used “rude words” — so he smashed his head in with a tractor axle.
On March 28th, 2021, police arrested Mr. Banjerd Kanwong, 60 years old, in connection with the murder of Mr. Waen Khamprom, who had been reported missing for a week by family members.
Mr. Banjerd confessed that he bludgeoned Mr. Waen’s head with a foot-long tractor axle, dragged his body with a mosquito net, and buried the victim in the ground of a mango grove. Mr. Banjerd covered the body in fertilizer, reportedly to suppress the foul smell of death. The victim’s body was found with a hole in his skull, his hands tied with rags, and shirtless.
The suspect said that Mr. Waen had a habit of destroying property around the home and refused to confess to doing so. The suspect bought a CCTV camera and installed it to see who was doing the property damage. It caught Mr. Waen in the act of smashing the taillight of a tractor. Even with the video evidence, Mr. Waen refused to confess to doing the property damage.
Enraged by his brother-in-law’s actions, Mr. Banjerd grabbed a tractor axle and smashed Mr. Waen’s head in. Mr. Banjerd’s son, Mr. Gunwong, said that he destroyed the CCTV memory cards because he had hid a gun on the property that he didn’t want police to find — and claimed it wasn’t to cover up his father’s murderous deeds.
The suspect’s wife and sister of the deceased, Mrs. Paeng, had reported her brother missing since March 20th when he failed to return home. She said her brother didn’t have his own family and often went to pick mangoes and gather food for his relatives. When he didn’t return, she knew something wasn’t right.
Police also found a hammer and ax with blood stains at the family home. These may have also been used in the murder.
It wouldn’t be a murder in Thailand without a touch of the occult. While police were interrogating Mrs. Phaeng, the victim’s sister, two glasses of water shattered at the same time — despite the fact that nobody was around to touch the glass. Locals said that it might have been Mr. Waen communicating from the other side to hunt down the murderer. Police took the broken glass as evidence in the case.
Mr. Banjerd was taken into custody to face further legal proceedings.
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My take: One big question I have is if the suspect’s son destroyed the CCTV memory cards, will he be considered an accomplice? The father confessed to the murder and I’m certain he won’t throw his son under the bus. I’m unsure how situations like this are handled in Thailand, however — as law enforcement in other countries might arrest the son as an accomplice for destroying evidence.
Source: https://www.khaosod.co.th/crime/news_6215136, https://www.khaosod.co.th/breaking-news/news_6214069, https://www.dailynews.co.th/crime/833648
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