CLASSIFIEDS ONLY THB 2,500 + VAT FOR 3 LANGUAGES The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Police hint at massacre gun ruse

KRABI: An initial forensic probe has suggested that the gun used by attackers to murder eight members of a family in Krabi could have belonged to the deceased head of the family, police sources say.

crime, death, military, murder, police, transport, violence, land,


Bangkok Post

Thursday 13 July 2017, 08:37AM


Forensic experts say it appears just one gun was used in all eight murders, plus the attempt to kill a ninth person, who survived as a witness. Photo: Crime Suppression Division
Forensic experts say it appears just one gun was used in all eight murders, plus the attempt to kill a ninth person, who survived as a witness. Photo: Crime Suppression Division

Police believe the attackers may have used the gun of Worrayut Sanglang, 46, as a ruse to lead them into believing the massacre was a murder-suicide, said the sources.

However, not all the people in Mr Worrayut’s house were killed and one was able to tell police what really happened that day.

In the attack that took place on Monday (July 10), three other family members – a 30-year old woman and two girls aged 13 and 2 – were shot and injured by a group of eight men wearing army camouflage outfits. The 30-year old woman only sustained a bullet graze to her ear, which caused her to faint, leading the gunmen to believe she was dead.

During police questioning, the woman said she could remember the faces of four of the attackers.

Police have placed her under witness protection.

The dead comprised three male victims and five female victims. Three were girls aged four, 11 and 13.

National police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said he went to Krabi’s Ao Luek district to meet investigators involved in the case on Tuesday night (July 11).

He said while investigators believe a single gun was used in the attack, forensic tests are needed before any conclusions are reached.

He said police have yet to rule out any motives for the massacre and are collecting as much evidence as possible to solve the case.

According to an investigation team source, investigators are focusing on a conflict between Mr Worrayut and an influential stone mill operator.

The source said Mr Worrayut had received tens of millions of baht from the mill operator to help pave the way for a new stone mill concession and to quell opposition from local residents.

But the operator failed to win the concession and this money may not have been returned, which may have been the motive for the attack, the source said, adding that the stone mill operator has close ties to some influential local politicians.

Another possible motive was Mr Worrayut’s dispute with the president of a tambon administration organisation in Ao Luek district over a land plot.

Forensic experts say it appears just one gun was used in all eight murders, plus the attempt to kill a ninth person, who survived as a witness.

QSI International School Phuket

Manas Chubut, president of Baan Klang tambon administration organisation in Ao Luek district who pursued legal action against Mr Worrayut for alleged dereliction of duty in connection with a land encroachment case involving close to 100 rai of land, yesterday (July 12) denied involvement in the massacre of Mr Worrayut and his family.

“Conflicts sometimes happen when people work together. But they aren’t serious enough to make someone kill someone else. Such brutal and cold-blooded murders have never happened in Krabi before,” he said.

Mr Worrayut was also involved in a dispute with villagers found encroaching on public land. He had filed suit with a court for an eviction order, said the source.

Also being treated as a possible motive behind the murders is a conflict between Mr Worrayut and a drug trafficking gang, said the same source.

Police also said Mr Worrayut had been romantically involved with a 39-year-old millionairess in Sing Buri’s In Buri district who bought a house and a car for Mr Worrayut, said the source.

A team has been sent to the woman’s home in Sing Buri to question her, said the source.

Maj Gen Thawatchai Mekprasertsuk, chief of the Office of Police Forensic Science, said an examination of some items of evidence collected from the crime scene on Tuesday pointed to the fact that one .38-calibre revolver owned by Mr Worrayut was used to shoot the 11 family members.

He said nine spent bullet casings were found at the scene and they will be compared to the bullets left in the corpses of the victims and retrieved for analysis to confirm the theory that Mr Worrayut’s own gun was used in the attack.

DNA samples and fingerprints were also collected from the gun found at the scene, he said.

The source said the Crime Suppression Division team investigating the Ao Luek massacre was particularly interested in the stone mill conflict theory.

Witnesses told investigators the attackers had claimed before entering Mr Worrayut’s home that they were law enforcement officers who had come to search the house following a tip-off there were illicit drugs stashed there, said the source.

The attackers, who arrived in a black Toyota Fortuner with a Songkhla licence plate and a white Toyota Yaris, showed a document they claimed was a court subpoena to villagers when they stopped to ask where Mr Worrayut’s house was, said the source.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Opinion: Make them pay for plastic

Fully agree. Charge for plastic bags 2- 5 Baht, put a deposit 2-5 Bath on plastic and glass bottles (for drinks etc), if they return it to the shops t...(Read More)


Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors

Ha, ha ha, ha ha, ha ha-there's a reason that after 15 years here I still rent! Would you buy a used car off this man? ...(Read More)


Phuket’s Emerald Group CEO on bail again, after missing court date

Don't know what the fuss is all about. It's no different to any other country in the world....(Read More)


Car gutted by fire in Wichit

perhaps you should take heed of what you yourself say....(Read More)


Phuket laundry truck wipeout still under investigation

To Deputy Chief Lt Col Somsak Soparak there is still nothing and investigate, the old man crossed double full drawn yellow line to his home (street) A...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders public vote on marina project amid concerns over coral damage

Overfishing small species also the destruction of Thai fishing, they net up everything with zero regulations, I used to sports fish for recreation str...(Read More)


Phuket Poll: Should marijuana be made legal?

The Netherlands( Amsterdam)was pioneer in separating hard and soft drugs. Marijuana one can buy there in 'coffee shops' in limited amounts for...(Read More)


Phuket laundry truck wipeout still under investigation

The 'elderly' (how old?) thai man is lying. He sure realised it as he said the truck drove high speed Not reporting to police, why? A lawyer...(Read More)


Phuket laundry truck wipeout still under investigation

So from this we can infer that if both drivers had been killed then this collision would never be investigated at all? Since they would be 'unavai...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders public vote on marina project amid concerns over coral damage

Dredging, very ecological area, seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangroves, sedimentation, sludge diffusion. Never mind the locals, this project will effe...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.