Former cop ‘ad­mits’ to deadly shoot­ing


>> A former po­lice of­fi­cer with a murky past has con­fessed to gun­ning down a petrol sta­tion owner and al­most killing his wife in Sa Kaeo.

Pansak Mongkol­silp was de­tained on Fri­day at his hide­out in Ray­ong’s Pluak Daeng dis­trict.

The ar­rest came nearly two weeks af­ter the deadly shoot­ing at Si Suwan Rung Rueang petrol sta­tion on Thetsa­ban 6 Road in Muang dis­trict.

Pracha Wo­rathat, 52, was killed and his wife Parida wounded in the pre-dawn at­tack on Sept 30.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not yet es­tab­lished a mo­ti­va­tion be­hind the mur­der, although ac­cord­ing to the vic­tims’ rel­a­tive Darani Sisuwan, Pracha had a dis­pute with an­other busi­ness­man, Dam­rongrit Kit­ti­wara­phon.

Mr Dam­rongrit had sold the petrol sta­tion to Pracha as his busi­ness was i n the red. How­ever, when he saw Pracha earn­ing good rev­enue, he wanted to buy it back. His of­fer was re­jected.

The quar­rel has run for about two years, Ms Darani said. Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the 63-yearold sus­pect ini­tially con­fessed to be­ing hired by Dam­rongrit but de­nied shoot­ing any­one, claim­ing he only ac­quired guns and gave them to two gun­men. How­ever, af­ter 10 hours of ques­tion­ing, and af­ter Ms Parida yes­ter­day fin­gered him as the gun­man, po­lice say he has now ad­mit­ted to pulling the trig­ger.

The 49-year-old widow, who is re­cov­er­ing and was able to travel to meet po­lice of­fi­cers, was yes­ter­day asked to iden­tify the sus­pect. She in­sisted the gun­man was Pansak, her daugh­ter Patthamaphon said.

Ac­cord­ing t o Ms Patthamaphon’s ac­counts, her par­ents had asked Mr Pansak to take off his hood. The mur­der sus­pect did so be­fore he gunned down the cou­ple. Her mother sur­vived be­cause “she pre­tended she was dead” af­ter be­ing shot, Ms Patthamaphon said.

Pracha and Ms Parida were friends with Mr Dam­rongrit. Pracha’s wife had ear­lier taken care of Mr Dam­rongrit, who is dis­abled.

A check of the sus­pect’s back­ground showed he is con­nected t o sim­i­lar dark be­hav­iour.

He was found to have been in­volved in other high-pro­file mur­der cases, po­lice say. Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, he was in­volved with two other killings in the past.

Pansak: Changes his con­fes­sion

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