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Police at the scene of tonight's brutal murder of 17-year-old Sunisa Chaiyoi

Phuket Girl Killed in Bedroom at Home: Neighbors in Quiet Phuket Suburb Shocked

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
PHUKET: Police are investigating the brutal murder of a 17-year-old girl in her bedroom in a quiet Phuket suburban residential district early tonight.

The girl, Sunisa Chaiyoi, was found about 5.30pm at her Chalong home by a cousin who brought her a pork and rice dinner from Phuket City, where her parents were selling fruit.

Her father Kanung, 61, and her mother are vendors inside Phuket City's Phuket Vocational College, a large technical school in Saphan Hin.

Sunisa, who usually sells fruit with her parents, went home early today with a headache. Her parents, concerned about their daughter, sent a meal home with her cousin.

He was the first to enter her bloodied bedroom, where investigating police and forensic experts were sifting through clues tonight.

The home, in Chanakan Village, Chalong, near the TOT office, sits in a middle-class housing developing where homes, like the Chaiyoi family house, mostly have three bedrooms.

Access to Sunisa's bedroom was possible from outside through a sliding window.

A hammer was close to the girl's body. It's possible she may have been raped or sexually abused, police believe.

Her lower body was covered with a green towel. She was still wearing a white top and bra.

There were no obvious blows to her head or upper body, charity foundation workers found when called to the scene.

The hammer belonged to the family. It appeared to police from the Chalong Station as though every room in the house had been ransacked.

At this stage of the investigation, police are unable to say whether Sunisa knew her killer, or whether one person or more were involved.

Sunisa was taking a year off school with health problems. Her parents had hopes of sending her back to school next year.

Her body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City, where a medical examination is expected to reveal more about her death.


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Tragic. My heart goes out to the family.

Posted by Arthur on July 11, 2012 00:28


Another tragedy, so sad.
I hope they catch whoever did this.

Posted by Tbs on July 11, 2012 01:54


A sad waste of life. RIP.

Posted by Joe on July 11, 2012 01:57


"Sunisa, who usually sells fruit with her parents, went home early today with a headache."
"It appeared to police from the Chalong Station as though every room in the house had been ransacked."
Probably came home at a very wrong time. Hopefully, the police gets the murderer/s!

Posted by ??? on July 11, 2012 08:23


Your heart has to go out to the parents. God only knows how they are feeling.

Is Phuket still a safe destination as the levels of violent crime continue to rise unabated?

RIP - and such a tragic waste of a young life. Let's hope they catch the murder soon. Only one sentence should apply - The death penalty!

Posted by Graham on July 11, 2012 10:26

Editor Comment:

Graham, perhaps you missed the policeman shot dead in Britain or the young man killed with one punch on a night out in Sydney. Talk of ''Phuket's violent crime continuing to rise unabated'' is total rubbish. Join the paranoiacs and scaremongers if you wish, just don't pretend to still be in touch with reality.


they need proper forensics... they must find DNA of the killer!

Posted by me on July 11, 2012 10:44


I think every country should have mandatory DNA records for it's citizens and for serious crime like this the criminal's rights are waived and experimental medical drugs are tested on them. Then you would see a dramtic drop in crime and a large increase in solved cases. The richer countries should lead the way.

Posted by FarangInPhuket on July 11, 2012 12:20


Sorry, but Im agreement with Graham on this one. For such a small island the amount of crime is quite unacceptable.
As a resident for 12 years I have noticed a general increase in crime and that's only to be expected along with the islands growth. However in the past few years the rate seems to have risen much more dramatically. Also there seems to be much more reports of violent crime. Anyone who doesn't acknowledge this fact is simply burying their heads in the sand. As a father, I can only imagine the pain that the parents will have to endure. On a paradise island it should not have to be that way! Rest in peace, my sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Resident on July 11, 2012 16:17

Editor Comment:

Yes, there are crimes on Phuket and yes, they are unacceptable, just like all crimes everywhere. But to imagine that there is a sudden surge in violent crime is the product of your vivid imagination. The fact is, Phuket has more English-language news outlets and more crimes are reported more often. Allow yourself to think that this equates to greater levels of crime and you will quickly become self-delusional. We remember in 2009 when there were two expat murders in the space of a week, unnerving many residents. But that's the way these things happen, sometimes more frequently, sometimes less frequently. Just because it ''seems'' to you there is more crime doesn't mean there is. By all means, delude yourself, but let the rest of us stick with reality, please.


What a cruel shock for this hard working family. You have my deepest condolences. Rest in peace young girl. The world can be so nasty.

Posted by Lena on July 11, 2012 18:27


i agree that there is more crime on this island. as we dont live in england and not in australia, i care about the place i live and thats here. seven years i am here and i see more and more brutal crimes then before. not only in phuket everwhere in thailand. there are youth gangs everywhere in thailand and more and more crime is a better choice then working for many poeple. its a side of the fast growing in thailand...i think its not wrong to adress such concerns and i feel unsafer then before in phuket...that's my point of view

Posted by mike on July 11, 2012 21:35

Editor Comment:

So there are youth gangs ''everywhere in Thailand'' and ''more crime is a better choice than working for many people.'' And there are ''more and more brutal crimes than before.'' There are no grounds for your fears, mike.


To the editor. From reading your comment you suggest that I am deluded and there is no actual increase in crime. Crime just that it gets reported more often and so my perception is off. In which case does this mean that the current level in crime has always existed in Phuket?

Posted by Resident on July 11, 2012 23:17

Editor Comment:

Some residents are in a constant state of concern about crime, Resident. It has always been the case. It probably always will be the case. Levels of crime continue to fluctuate, and are usually measured against the number of the registered population. For example, murders on Phuket increased to unprecedented levels during the drugs crackdown of 2003. These days, as always, a few residents ''seem'' to think there is more crime. There is no evidence for these fears.


@all; there is evil everywhere; it needs to be defeated-RIP and condolences to this young women; hope they catch the perpetrator.

Posted by Mal on July 12, 2012 08:35


Scare mongerers at it again, so sorry for the young girls family but there is crime everywhere not just on from south london and believe me in some areas it is not safe to walk the streets, england is only a small island but there are stabbings and shootings everyday, there is probably a murder in most big cities everyday but it does not put tourists off coming to the UK. Phuket is a lovely country and i will always return each year for my holidays,as soon as anything happens on phuket oh its now the most dangerous place in the world [what a joke]

Posted by Darren Walker on July 12, 2012 23:26


yes this is a tragedy for the family my deepest sympathy to them but please don't panic people anyone noticed that 5 shark victims in 10 months off coast of perth i'd rather be in thailand.

Posted by georgina on July 22, 2012 18:18

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