Re­tire­ment party ends in fa­tal shoot­ing


SONGKHLA: A farewell party for re­tirees turned vi­o­lent early yes­ter­day, when an ine­bri­ated par­ty­goer ended a quar­rel by shoot­ing dead a drunken col­league.

The shoot­ing hap­pened at the 16th Ir­ri­ga­tion Of­fice in tam­bon Khuan Lang at about 4am, said Pol Lt Col Satha­porn Suk­sawang, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­spec­tor in Hat Yai.

Anukul Phet­thong, 48, an of­fi­cial in the ma­chin­ery sec­tion, was shot twice at close range, suf­fer­ing fa­tal wounds to the head and body. His al­leged killer was wait­ing at the scene when po­lice ar­rived.

Sa-ngad Nin­suwan, 53, a driver who worked in the same of­fice as the vic­tim, ap­peared very drunk, said Pol Lt Col Satha­porn.

A loaded .38 hand­gun was handed over to po­lice and two spent car­tridges were found at the scene.

Wit­nesses told po­lice the of­fice held a farewell party for six re­tir­ing of­fi­cials on Thurs­day night, at­tended by more than 50 peo­ple. It ended at mid­night but five or six guests, in­clud­ing the vic­tim and the sus­pect, stayed and con­tin­ued drink­ing.

The two men later be­came in­volved in a heated quar­rel, Mr San­gad went to his room in­side the ir­ri­ga­tion of­fice com­pound and re­turned soon af­ter.

He sud­denly pulled out a gun and opened fire at Anukul, who fell from his chair to the floor and died in full view of the other drinkers.

Po­lice say Mr Sa-ngad apol­o­gised for what he’d done, ex­plain­ing that they’d both been drunk and the shoot­ing was an im­pul­sive act.

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