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Civil action to be taken against shot Phuket driver’s family

Civil action to be taken against shot Phuket driver’s family

PHUKET: Three motorcyclist injured by a man fleeing police in Phuket Town in a pickup truck last week are to take civil action against the man’s family.

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By Chutharat Plerin

Monday 24 September 2018, 04:09PM


CCTV footage shows Chitnupong mowing down three motorcyclists waiting at red traffic lights. Photo: Screengrab via

CCTV footage shows Chitnupong mowing down three motorcyclists waiting at red traffic lights. Photo: Screengrab via

The man, Chitnupong Kherjan from Karon, was shot dead in his pickup truck near the Tonhorm Restaurant on Srisoonthon Rd in Cherng Talay at around 1:30am last Tuesday (Sept 18).

Police reported that firearms and ammunition were found in Chitnupong’s car, and that they opened fire only after he raised his gun at them. (See story here.)

On Saturday (Sept 22), LCpl Jirawat Seajew of the Kathu Police posted a video clip on his personal Facebook page taken from CCTV and showing Chitnupong mowing down three motorcyclists who were sat at red traffic lights near the main SuperCheap store on Thepkasattri Rd northbound.

Along with the video was the comment, This is another angle of the case that happened before they came to protest for fairness, the injured people took no part in this law breaking.”

Speaking to The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister paper Khao Phuket today (Sept 24), Col Sompong Thiparpakul of the Phuket City Police said “There were three people injured in this incident and two of them required hospital treatment. However, they have since been released.

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All three have taken civil action against Chitnupong’s familywhich they are entitled to do. It is now up to Chitnupong’s family to reply to this action,” Col Sompong said.

But everything must go according to the law,he added.

Nine officers have been ordered to transfer out of the province, pending an investigation into the shooting dead of Chitnupong.

The move comes after relatives angered by the shooting paraded his coffin on Saturday (Sept 22) in protest of the killing.

The relatives called for Phuket Governor Nopparat Plodthong to “deliver justice” for the shooting, which they said was “use of excessive force” by the police. (See story here.)

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Rorri_2 | 26 September 2018 - 12:05:28

Martin... look at the photo, I also CLEARLY stated, has anyone seen the video, as PN have NOT provided a link, I also made no falsehoods, or misinformation. Just watched the video, the driver certainly is a d....h...d, but is it really the suspects vehicle... it took a few days to pop up.

DeKaaskopp | 26 September 2018 - 10:02:43

Maybe as miraculously as "saw"became"so",the video he saw miraculously changed too ?

MartinK | 25 September 2018 - 23:37:45

Well I don't know what video you were watching but the video posted by the officer clearly shows a pickup flying into three stationary bikes and wiping them out. Please take your falsehoods and misinformation elsewhere. Search google "141335926477566/videos/1145066635646722/"

Rorri_2 | 25 September 2018 - 15:49:50

Not sure how "saw" became "so", technology.. amazing.

Rorri_2 | 25 September 2018 - 11:36:14

Has anyone actually seen the video, I so a pick up, that is NOT mowing down three motorcyclists waiting at red traffic lights, in fact the bikes are moving.

BenPendejo | 25 September 2018 - 11:08:15

So finally the Phuket police take drastic action that was needed to protect the general public from this lawless criminal, and they ship them off the island.  They should have had them on a parade float cruising behind the family's coffin parade so society could cheer them on and thank them for making Phuket and the world a better place by removing that criminal parasite.

Kurt | 25 September 2018 - 10:21:28

Is there a possibility by thai laws you can sue family members for a wrong doing of another family member you have nothing to do with it?  Like a brother commit crime on Phuket, and I live/work in a shop in Udon Thani?

Timothy | 25 September 2018 - 08:58:55

I hope these people sue the family of the idiot wannabe gangster. After seeing this video, are they still trying to call the shooting extrajudicial??? Their poor little angel, shot by police. sob sob.  The guy was out of control. Got exactly what he deserved. Why are they parading the coffin around on a PEA truck?? 

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