Capt Chatree Choowochian of the Wichit Police was called to an apartment block on the road from the Dowroong Intersection to Chao Fa West Rd at 5:20pm.
Joining him were Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk and Deputy Chief Lt Col Narong Laksanawimpon.
At the scene, the officers found the body of Lamai Chokguea, 47, from Phuket, collapsed on the stairs to the second floor and covered in blood.
Ms Lamai had five serious knife wounds on her neck. Others wounds were found on her forehead and left chest.
Outside the apartment block police found a Toyota Vios car that had been driven into a power pole on the footpath. Blood was spattered down the driver’s door.
“CCTV footage showed that the car was parked on the side of the road. A man ran toward the car and opened the car door. He pulled a female driver out of the car and struck her,” Col Nikorn said.
“The driver tried to escape, but failed. The driver eventually made it out of the car and ran. The man followed her. That is all the CCTV footage could capture,” he added.
It was not confirmed whether the man, soon identified as Ms Lamai’s estranged husband Winit Kumkrong, from Phang Nga, entered the apartament building in pursuit of Ms Lamai.
Winit had followed Ms Lamai on a Honda Scoopy i to confront her over money he was paying to support her, police later confirmed in their reports.
“We then went to a house in Chalong where Winit lives,” Col Nikorn explained. “We found Winit’s mother and his elder sister. They called Winit and tried to convince him to surrender.
“Winit finally told them that he was hiding at their relative’s house in Bang Toei, Phang Nga. He was ready to surrender,” Col Nikorn added.
“His mother’s sister went to Phang Nga with us. We found Winit at the house. He was brought back to Wichit Police Station at 10:30pm and the motorbike he used in committing the crime was also taken to the police station,” Col Nikorn said.
“Winit admitted that he was angry that his ex-wife had tried to hit him with the car, Col Nikorn explained.
“He also was jealous that his ex-wife was unfaithful.
“Winit said threw the knife that he used to kill Ms Lamai into the Bang Toei Canal in Phang Nga,” Col Nikorn noted.
“Winit’s elder sister, Ms Nim, told us that his brother does not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. He just concentrates on his work,” he said, adding that the Winit and Ms Lamai had son and one daughter together.
“They used to argue many times as Winit worked a lot and had no time for his family. “Two months ago, Ms Lamai asked for a separation. Winit was anxious as he still loved his wife and children, but Ms Lamai was adamant that she wanted to separate,” Col Nikorn added.
Ms Nim suspected that Ms Lami might be involved with another man, the colonel explained.
“Winit tried to reconcile his differences with Ms Lamai, but failed. Ms Lamai took all her clothes and left him. Winit was very sad. He even tried to kill himself by overdosing on medication time,” Col Nikorn noted.
“Ms Nim told us that Winit had to make monthly payments on the motorbike and the car. They had sold some property to get some money.
“Winit asked Ms Lamai for the B50,000 that she had from the sale, but apparently she instead offered to give him B4,000 a month and offered to sign an agreement for it.
“Winit ask for the money from Ms Lamai, and that was when he committed the crime,” Col Nikorn said.
“We are still questioning him and will conduct a re-enactment today (Mar 9) before pressing charges against him,” Col Nikorn noted.