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Suspect surrenders in fatal shooting of Briton

Suspect surrenders in fatal shooting of Briton

BANGKOK: A 32-year-old man turned himself in to police for shooting dead a retired British engineer in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district, saying he acted in a fit of anger over the victim’s allegedly honking the motorcycle’s horn at him and hit his car.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 8 January 2023, 09:45AM


Apicha Boonsawat is escorted to Huai Yai police station in Chon Buri on Saturday following the fatal shooting of a 70-year-old British man on Thursday night. Photo: AEC News Pattaya Facebook via Bangkok Post

Apicha Boonsawat is escorted to Huai Yai police station in Chon Buri on Saturday following the fatal shooting of a 70-year-old British man on Thursday night. Photo: AEC News Pattaya Facebook via Bangkok Post

Apicha Boonsawat contacted police around 9am on Saturday (Jan 7) before a team of officers took him to Huai Yai police station for detention and questioning. He handed down a 9mm Glock handgun to the officers, reports the Bangkok Post.

The 32-year-old suspect was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court for murder and violation of the Firearms Act, said police.

Neil Lewis Roger, 70, was found dead beside his scooter with four bullet wounds in his back at Soi Khao Makok in Bang Lamung at 9.45pm on Thursday.

Thitipan Kammalas, 38, who was close to the victim and took care of him at his house in Bang Lamung, said the victim had just returned from England on Wednesday. 

Ms Thitipan said he went out to party with a British friend in Pattaya Klang on Thursday evening. At night, she received a phone call that he had been fatally shot. She insisted he had no conflict with anyone.

She told the media that his elder sister in England was shocked and saddened after learning about his death. His sister had told her to hold a cremation ceremony for him in Thailand.

During questioning, Mr Apicha admitted to having shot the British man and claimed he got angry after the victim allegedly honked his horn at him and hit his car. This drew his anger and he fired shots at the man.  He apologised to society and the man’s family and wanted to take responsibility for his action. 

Police opposed his bail and will take him to the court on Monday to seek his detention.

According to media reports, the gunman was a shooting athlete and had won several prizes.

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josephhmc | 10 January 2023 - 19:10:44

It would not have happened if he styed in his own country.

JohnC | 09 January 2023 - 08:53:24

A shooting athlete. Is that really a thing? A psycho is a more accurate description of him. An oxygen thief is another. Even if he is licenced to use iit there is no reason for him to be carrying it loaded ready to fire in his car unless he intended to use it. Road rage like this is normally found in gun crazy Divided States of America.

Hermann1 | 08 January 2023 - 15:37:11

Please Capricornball , keep honking at them.

PlasticJim | 08 January 2023 - 11:52:36

Nephew of former Pattaya mayor, says it all. They really think they above of law. Hang him twice!!

Kurt | 08 January 2023 - 11:06:54

A 32 yr old Thai shot a 71 year old Briton 4 (!) times in the back! The coward. And for what? Because the motorbike riding Briton honked his horn to this brainless animal when he passed by the motorbike in his car. Perhaps to close. Not giving a damn to other road users. The usual egocentric driving.

Capricornball | 08 January 2023 - 10:30:11

Worthless sack of s#!^, to take another human life for such trivial matters. Mentally retarded man-child incapable of exercising any degree of self control, and thousands more like him roaming throughout society all over the country, ready to snap any minute. 

Fascinated | 08 January 2023 - 09:51:47

Another death due to ego- what a waste.

 

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