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Jirawat Kongtatao, 21, confesses to Phuket police tonight

UPDATE Phuket Taxi Driver Stabbed to Death: Friend Confesses

Friday, November 1, 2013
UPDATING All Day, Every Day

At the urging of his mother, Jirawat Kongtatao, 21, surrendered to Phuket City police about 6.10pm with five friends and confessed to the killing of a man he said was a friend.

Original Report

PHUKET: An illegal taxi driver was stabbed to death in a Phuket road today after being pursued by a gang of youths.

The man's body was found in Yaowarat Road outside the Samkong Shrine about 3.30am, with the knife still in his chest.

A watch left behind by one of his attackers was nearby.

Witnesses told Phuket City police they saw about 10 youths pursue Triranan Pongkrathin, 29, from an internet cafe on the other side of the Samkong t-junction intersection.

Khun Triranan, who drives an illegal taxi in Karon on Phuket's west coast. fled on his motorcycle with the youths in pursuit and was stabbed as he rode.

Police have been told that Khun Triranan was at the internet cafe when he got into a dispute with someone he knew.

He hit the person with a bottle before taking off.

His body is now at Vachira Phuket Hospital, which is also in Yaowarat Road, Phuket City.


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Too many incidents by youth teen gangs. The parents really have to keep better control of their kids. What are they doing on the streets at 3.30 AM ? Are internet places also allowed to be open that late. R.I.P Khun Triranan

Posted by Mj on November 1, 2013 11:18



Have you read the article well before posting comment..?
"Youth" need not to be under18s.Internet cafe as far as I know should nor and in general are not allowing anyone under 18 after 22 o'clock.

Khun Triranan, surely not deserved, but hm, err,... clearly provoked, no?
Unnecessary death - true.
But condolences, although are in place, are not those warmest and deepest for the reason above.

Posted by Sue on November 1, 2013 12:07


@Mj: The "youth teen gangs" are out on the streets at 3.30 AM because they know the chances of seeing a policeman at that time of day are next to nil.

Posted by Buster on November 1, 2013 18:15


And in case that some passes by, with the red flashing lights on the fancy police cars, they always understand, that they have to hide a bit, now. No one wanna get out of the car, in the night. And many areas, like around Kata center, there is the last drive by seen at about 1 am. So they do 'not know about the overtime', the bar areas are offering. Anyone went to the new 'Live music and coyoty dane' place, already?
And yes, male friendship can really go wrong, here. The face is always a risk. Being 'friend' with someone, that let you easy step over boundaries.

Posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2013 09:27


Would personally consider the act of hitting one over the head with a bottle as an act of war.

Posted by Ty on November 2, 2013 09:36

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