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Beach road in Patong: the gun battle took place behind the green fencing

Patong Police Dial a Killer: 'Give Yourself Up'

Thursday, July 23, 2009
POLICE have made arrests in the case of the Patong gunfight that left one man dead and at least three wounded as ''countless'' bullets were fired.

The officer leading the investigation, Police Lieutenant Jukkapong Luang-On, says he personally telephoned the man who was the prime suspect in the killing and told him to give himself up.

Although many shots were fired, probably from two or more weapons, no guns have been found or confiscated by police.

Escape from Phuket by road or air has been made virtually impossible because of the intense security surrounding the Asean summit, with many checkpoints on the island's north.

The car in which the men escaped from the scene of the central Patong shooting, with gunfire erupting around 1.50pm on Tuesday, belonged to the man who died after the battle, Daruwat Burintarakob, 24.

He had left the keys in the ignition of his red Honda CVR, little realising it would become an escape vehicle for his killers.

A single shot to the heart left Khun Daruwat dying and three of his protectors wounded when talks about a Patong property dispute flared into gunfire.

The getaway vehicle was later driven to Kathu Police Station in Patong, probably by a friend of the gunmen.

The vehicle is now impounded evidence in the case, Phuket Police Chief Pekad Tantipong told Phuketwan today.

''This investigation has a long history,'' he said. ''It's a dispute between Phuket people about business.''

A woman who was a sister of the owner of the property, Jintana Plaza, on the beach road, was murdered last year.

Khun Daruwat was the owner's nephew.

A shove in the chest when rival claimants and their supporters gathered to talk on Tuesday at the property led to guns being drawn, shots galore, and tourists and nearby vendors running for cover.

Police declined to say how many people were already being held.

Officers are awaiting the opportunity to interview the three wounded men, who remain in Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Phuket City.

All three were reported as out of danger but still too ill to be interviewed.

Some of the men who escaped in the dead man's vehicle were also thought to have been wounded.

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Dear editor, is there any verdict on miss goh li fun case? Thanks.

Editor: She is still in Phuket Jail awaiting a trial date.

Posted by bing on August 8, 2009 22:03


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