They are now looking for anyone who may have allowed the leading businessman’s group to illegally enter the wildlife sanctuary.
A source said forensic science police from Provincial Police Region 7 reported the Kalij pheasant was hit by shotgun pellets.
The black leopard had a wound indicating a bullet pierced its back and exited through its neck. It was still not known what type of bullet.
Forensic experts returned to the camping area in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Thong Pha Phum district, Kanchanaburi, yesterday (Feb 7) to search for further evidence.
Col Wuthipong Yenjit, chief of Thong Pha Phum Police Station, said today (Feb 8) that they went to collect DNA samples, fingerprints, bullets and spent shells.
They were also looking for more weapons that might be hidden there.
The case was not complicated. Investigators were awaiting the results of relevant tests on collected samples, Col Wuthipong said.
Deputy national police chief Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul said today that police would question park rangers who were on duty during the visit by Premchai and three others to the wildlife sanctuary.
Another source said police also hoped to learn if anyone had turned a blind eye or in any way facilitated the visit.
Gen Srivara said police would check some audio clips to see if there was an attempt to bribe an official and they would also check the legality of elephant tusks found at Premchai’s house in Bangkok.
Police doubted the tusks belonged to local elephants. If they did not, their possession would be illegal, he said.
Premchai, 63-year-old president of Italian-Thai Development Plc, was arrested along with two ITD employees and another man in a no-camping area in the wildlife sanctuary on Sunday (Feb 4) with long-barrel guns, ammunition and carcasses of a barking deer, the Kalij pheasant and the black leopard.
They allegedly hunted wildlife and did not receive permission to enter the World Heritage forest.
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