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Dramatic new video of moment of death in Patong family feud

New Murder Evidence: Video Shows Patong Killing

Friday, October 9, 2009
THIS IS the startling new evidence in the Jintana Plaza murder case, the moment before a man was shot dead.

This still image is taken from a video that only came to the attention of police yesterday, three months after the killing took place in broad daylight in Patong.

On the right, with his back to the camera, is Daruwat Burintarakob, 24, who was shot dead with a single bullet to the heart amid a volley of gunfire on July 21.

To the left, arms folded, is his cousin, Wuttichai Burintarakob, 47.

The man with the gun raised, appearing ready to fire, has been named by police as Sunan Potwatpairoj, 61.He is a former policeman.

Serving officers say the image shows the moment before Khun Daruwat died from that single shot through the heart.

Police were not saying today where the video came from or who took it, only that a CD containing the startling footage came into their possession yesterday for the first time.

The footage shows the stand-off that came as a climax to a family feud over the Jintana Plaza property. The two groups, each consisting of a family member and their armed ''protection,'' confronted each other.

Police allege Khun Wuttichai gave the order for Khun Sunan to kill his cousin.

Khun Wuttichai told police as recently as October 6, when he was arrested on his return to the Jintana Plaza office, that he was not even on the island on the day of the shooting.

The video suggests he may have forgotten his precise movements that fateful day.

In the gunplay that followed, as Khun Daruwat fell to the ground dying, three other men were wounded.

One of them was Khun Sunan, who was hit in the leg. Panic spread as tourists and vendors heard the shots and ran for cover.

At least three guns were fired. None have been recovered.

Police escorted Khun Wuttichai and three other men accused of Khun Daruwat's murder to court yesterday. A lawyer offered 500,000 baht for bail for Khun Wuttichai, but the offer was refused.

Khun Sunan was taken to hospital for treatment immediately after the shooting and has been in custody ever since. Two other men were wounded in the exchange.
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They really have to do something to stop all this crime in Patong.

Posted by Anonymous on October 10, 2009 12:04

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I say set up an area similar to the Phuket Shooting Range dedicated to Thais that want to shoot each other.This way innocent people will not be in the way and a few less trigger happy Thais will make the Island that much more peaceful.

Posted by Neill Campbell on October 10, 2009 14:52


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