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Patong shooting victim Somkid Klongsingkram is in a coma

Patong Gangland Slaying Adds to Spate of Phuket Shootings

Sunday, June 19, 2011
PHUKET: Patong gangsters knocked two Mafia loan sharks from a motorcycle in Patong early today then opened fire with a handgun, killing one man and putting the other in hospital in a coma, police say.

The blazing volley of shots at 3.10am in Soi Nanai was the third savage killing involving gangs on Phuket in as many weeks.

It was the climax of a feud between groups that hated each other, said Patong Superintendent Colonel Arayapan Pukbuakao, of Kathu police station.

He said that earlier in the evening, Nart Narkpecht, 33, the owner of Nina Karaoke, spotted two of his bitter enemies on a motorcycle outside his karaoke and figured they were going to kill him.

So he hopped on his own motorcycle and sped off to recruit pals Somnuk Suwamthanu, 29, and Bhuchit Bhukam, also 29.

The three men returned to the area in a Chevrolet saloon, looking for sworn enemies Hatchakorn Perkpon, 31, and Somkid Klongsingkram, 31. The pair were loan sharks who also controlled many of the street vendors in Soi Bangla, Patong's famous walking street, said Colonel Arayapan.

The Chevrolet came up behind the pair on their Fino motorcycle and knocked it from behind, throwing them to the street. Khun Nart jumped out of the car, gun blazing.

Khun Hatchakorn, hit four times including shots to the head and the heart, did not survive. He died on the way to Patong Hospital.

Khun Somkid took lead in the stomach, the ribs and a leg and was tonight still in Phuket City's Vachira Hospital, fighting for his life in the intensive care unit.

Police, called to the scene of what residents initially thought to be a motorcycle accident, quickly deduced there was more to it.

The three men were arrested later in the morning in Phuket City. Khun Nart admitted his part in the killing, while Khun Somnuk denied Khun Nart's claim that he had fired at least four shots. Khun Bhuchit had been the driver.

The three men were today being held in the cells at Kathu police station, which oversees Patong.
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So is it good news that 5 thugs are off the street now and the vendors don't have to pay money?

Posted by Tbs on June 20, 2011 00:59

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I saw the incident last night and heard the Police Sirens, It was good of Tim the Tourist Police officer to warn the tourist onlookers of the danger with his new public address system and to help control the situation. Well done Tim

Posted by Rudi on June 20, 2011 02:28

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Can we get the guns off the street? Probably not. License to carry as well as equipment provided by the same crowd. Nobody interested in getting guns off the street.

Posted by GiantFan on June 20, 2011 06:58

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Dear Ed, yestrday's crime confirms that my comments said the truth!
I know that an aspect of your job is don't mislead people and readers, but this is Patong, Phuket and Thai reality.

Posted by Mario on June 20, 2011 08:28

Editor Comment:

One shootout a week is not the same as one ''every day,'' Mario, which is what you said was happening. No point in exaggerating or misleading yourself.

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It does not matter if its a shooting a month, or Daily. What you won't accept is it is supposed to be a holiday resort not the wild west its little wonder patong is finished I just spent a week there and could not wait to leave The so called promenade was filthy and a place where you can stroll is out of bounds because of the lazy locals using it as a rat run on there bikes.

Posted by William Dale on June 20, 2011 09:40

Editor Comment:

New York is a holiday destination, so is South Africa. Those who would like to see Phuket with less crime shouldn't make the mistake of pretending that being a holiday destination has anything to do with it. Yes, too many motorcyclists use the beach footpath in Patong. Tourist police should try to stop it, perhaps.

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Good news and good riddance indeed, five more mafiosi off the streets :)

Posted by Jean-Paul Patrick on June 20, 2011 09:40

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"Khun Somkid took lead in the stomach, the ribs and a leg"

I like the wild west style writing, seems appropriate.

Posted by Soupdragon on June 20, 2011 09:41

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"The pair were loan sharks who also controlled many of the street vendors in Soi Bangla, Patong's famous walking street, said Colonel Arayapan."

Do I read something like "We know them, but they pay to us, so we don't harm them"? I am sure not. ;-) But it sounds a bit fishy, if thugs like these are known, but nothing is done to stop them.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 20, 2011 11:17

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'Police, called to the scene of what residents initially thought to be a motorcycle accident, quickly deduced there was more to it'

Beautifully understated.

Posted by spud67 on June 20, 2011 19:29


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