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Fatal high-speed bypass accident was suicide bid by fleeing Phuket murder suspect, say police

PHUKET: Police believe that the 60-year-old man who died after his car slammed into a pickup truck at high speed on the bypass road yesterday morning (Jan 25) may have been committing suicide after murdering his long-term partner with a knife in their home in Phuket Villa 5 housing estate in Wichit.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 26 January 2019, 11:09AM


Panuruj Petchai, 60, died after his red Toyota Corona slammed into the side of a pickup truck in a U-turn lane on the bypass road at about 10:50am yesterday. Panuruj died at the scene in the high-speed impact. (See story here.)

At the time, police believed Panuruj was driving back to his home province of Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

Dash cam footage from Panuruj’s car showed that his car swerved a little only after it was too late to avoid the impact.

However, only after the accident were Wichit Police alerted to a woman found murdered at her home in Phuket Villa 5 Wichit, explained Lt Sirinya Klaisombat of the Wichit Police.

The officers were called to the house after neighbours reported hearing a loud argument followed by silence.

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The woman, Thipyaporn “Kai” Thipmanee, 50, from Phattalung, was found with a stab wound in the middle of her back. Blood was through trailed throughout the house.

Officers found a sharp knife covered with blood at the front of the home, Lt Sirinya explained.

“Neighbours told police that Panuruj and Thipyaporn lived together at the home,” said Lt Sirinya.

“The couple had been arguing recently over financial difficulties,” she added.

By 6pm last night police had tracked through CCTV that the suspect last seen leaving the house was driving a red sedan registered in Nakhon Sri Thammarat with licence plates Kor Yor 1345 – the very same licence registration of the red Toyota Corona that Panuruj was driving when he died in the bypass road collision.

“It is only after learning this sequence of events that we came to realise that Panuruj might well have intentionally driven his car into the pickup to kill himself to escape his crime,” Lt Sirinya said.



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CaptainJack | 26 January 2019 - 21:03:06

If this is true then they should definitely do what the Japanese do and have this scum-bags surviving relatives pay damages. Set an example. I know it'll never happen, Thais can't be held responsible for their own actions never mind those of someone else, but it'd be nice wouldn't it.

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