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‘I only shot him to stop the attack’, says Patong tuk-tuk driver

‘I only shot him to stop the attack’, says Patong tuk-tuk driver

PHUKET: Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee has clarified the series of events that led to the fatal shooting of a man near the Patong beach road early yesterday morning (June 23), giving the confessed shooter’s version of events.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 24 June 2019, 06:00PM

At Patong Police Station, with Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Arayapan Pukbuakhao present, along with Sub Lt Wattanachai Klongpradit of the Royal Thai Army 25th Military Circle, based in Phuket, Col Anotai explained that the fight started between Patong tuk-tuk driver Narong “Tum” Dernchuaykit and motorbike taxi tout Panya Kingjumpa, who was shot dead in the fight. (See story here.)

Narong called fellow tuk-tuk driver Chartchai Dumchua to help him as he was being beaten by Panya, and Chartchai brought his gun, Col Anotai said.

Chartchai said that Panya began to beat him too, repeatedly striking him on the arm and head with what he said was an iron rod.

Chartchai said he was beaten to the ground and fired one shot to make that attack stop, Col Anotai said.

After shooting Panya, he fled, but later felt guilty and contacted the police in order to surrender, Col Anotai added.

Chartchai defended his actions, saying that he never intended to cause an incident or kill Panya, but fired the gun only to protect himself.

He also offered his apology to the family of the deceased.

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Col Anotai repeatedly stressed that the slain mtorbike taxi tout was not a motorbike taxi driver.

The emphsasis was likely due to the recent high publicity over the mass motorbike taxi street brawl in bangkok last weekend that resulted with one innocent bystander shot dead. (see story here.)

Col Anotai noted that one more person was being sought for involvement in the deadly fight.

All persons involved will be charged with murder, he said.

Chartchai had explained that the fight started because Panya has been cautioned over trying to trick and steal tourists’ belongings, leading to the fight and shooting, Col Anotai noted.

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Arayapan explained, “From questioning Narong, we know that Narong knew Panya, but not very well. Narong parked his tuk-tuk in a tuk-tuk queue opposite where Panya worked.

“Narong said that some of the ladyboys who Panya looks after (sic) usually tried to trick and steal tourists’ belonging, so he decided to caution him with goodwill because stealing is bad. Panya was so angry that they started fighting, which ends with the shooting,” Col Arayapan said, without any explanation of Panya’s alleged role in “looking after” ladyboys.

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Timothy | 25 June 2019 - 09:42:26

Oh, so this Chartchai was just being a good citizen trying to protect tourists from this bad guy??? And six Tuk Tuk drivers with sticks and steel rods were not enough, so he had to shoot him! You see the injuries on his knuckles and knees (from attacking the victim) poor guy. He's a real hero. Smiling and proud. Laughing it up with his Police partners. Like Bangkok last week same...  

Gat Huckle | 25 June 2019 - 07:27:23

 ‘the fight started because Panya has been cautioned over trying to trick and steal tourists’ belongings, leading to the fight and shooting’
Down through the years I’ve read many an absurd excuse from the locals after they’ve committed a crime, but that one is in a class by itself for absurdity.

Kurt | 24 June 2019 - 20:58:01

"Looking after lady boys" ?? Sounds like beside driving a cookie tin some of them are also a pimp. A lot of underground happenings. Phuket, make Phuket more tourist safe.

Kurt | 24 June 2019 - 20:51:33

Is it not about time that Phuket Provincial Hall stops to look away from the absence of decent public transport on Phuket?The government acceptance of a transport mafia, with guns and more, is very bad for tourism. Don't they realise these happenings go viral world wide? Phuket 'transport' is a dangerous thing.  Guns, steel rods, clubs, knifes. Pray for safety before you enter them.

BenPendejo | 24 June 2019 - 18:36:45

You really...really, can't make this stuff up.  You can also tell that the parties involved (police, tuktuk mafia) are the bodies that rule the roost here, as PN is also compelled to censor, for fear of reprisal, any commentary calling into question the character (or lack thereof) or the public transportation thugs and their cronies in uniform.  I feel sorry for Thailand in many many ways.

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