Thursday, March 4, 2021

Motorcycle Taxi Boss Shoots 2 Dead in Phuket

The conflict is unspecified in the report.

When: January 24th, 2021

Where: Phuket

Perpetrators: Mr. Vieneid Chuthong, alias Meng, 60

Victims: Mr. Prakob Chuthong; Mr. Yod Saelee

What: On January 24th, 2021, in the middle of the night, police in Phuket responded to a shooting at the 2nd Phuket Public Bus Terminal on Thepkasattri Road.

Police found the body of Mr. Prakob Chuthong shot in the left temple and torso with a .38 caliber. About 80 meters away, there was a pool of blood with another injured person, Mr. Yod Saelee, president of the Auto Service Cooperative of Phuket. He was shot five times with a 9mm and died on the way to the Wachira Phuket Hospital.

Mr. Vieneid Chuthong, alias Meng, 60, a local taxi boss, stood waiting to surrender to police. According to the report, Mr. Vien had been the boss of the two dead in the past. There was a conflict between the three in how the taxi cooperative was ran. Mr. Vien got drunk in the motorcycle taxi waiting area and decided to shoot Mr. Prakob. When Mr. Yod saw what happened, he ran and was shot 5 times while fleeing by Mr. Vien.

Forensics officers took evidence from the scene and officers arrested Mr. Vien.

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These deaths, sadly, will never be reported in official COVID19 numbers. And I understand why. It’s hard to attribute this to the economic devastation that the response to COVID19 has resulted in.

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