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Bandit Anurakbandit cocked an eyebrow, then shot a cashier dead

Double Killing at Phuket Restaurant Shocks Diners

Friday, November 12, 2010
Death Scene Photo Album Above

WARNING: Expect graphic images

A MAN shot a female cashier through the head tonight at a restaurant in Phuket City, took about three steps, then turned the gun on himself.

The cashier slumped dead with a pen still in her hand, poised to calculate the next bill. The two shots horrified diners in the restaurant.

The shooter, Bandit Anurakbandit, 53, owned the restaurant, Klua Pailin, in eastern Phuket City, and another of the same name at Kathu waterfall.

Witness Awatsada Tongsakul, who was having dinner around 9.30pm with three friends and knew Khun Bandit well, said Khun Bandit was sitting in the restaurant at a table with three lawyers.

''He walked around to every table, laughing and joking earlier in the evening,'' Khun Awatsada said. ''He seemed to be enjoying the singing and dancing on the stage.

''I saw him walk to the cashier. He pulled the gun, put it to her head, raised his eyebrows while looking at her, and then fired.

''I couldn't believe it. For a second I thought it was play acting. She was his sister-in-law.

''Her husband was in the kitchen and we heard him cry out when he learned his wife had been shot. He loved her a lot. They had one child. She would have been in her late 20s.''

Investigating police from Phuket City have no explanation for the murder-suicide at this stage.

Phuket City Police Superintendent Colonel Wanchai Eakpornpit was quickly at the restaurant, which is on a corner on Anuparbphuketkan Road, the most popular route to Koh Sireh.

Anyone on Phuket suffering from depression is urged to contact friends or family or seek assistance from a doctor.
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Khun Bandit owned a gun.
Not surprised.

Posted by mark on November 13, 2010 01:40


Was it really necessary to show her arm?
We already got the picture!

Posted by wab on November 13, 2010 05:59


That's the scary thing about Phuket, far too many guns.

Posted by Antz Pantz on November 13, 2010 07:25


Every person can come to a point in their life where things become too much to bear. What worries me is the virtual lack of mental health care in Thailand.

In addition to that, I have seen many families where talking about problems and feelings is strongly discouraged.

In such circumstances people can resort to extreme acts like this one, resulting in a terrible tragedy not only to the immediate family but also to everyone who witnessed it.

If you have a problem, please talk to someone.

Posted by Chris on November 13, 2010 08:56


I agree with wab, the inclusion of the cashier's picture is rather gratuitous. There's sufficient detail in the article, so we don't need a photograph to back it up.

Posted by Shane on November 13, 2010 09:35

Editor Comment:

Some westerners are horrified by death. Publishing a photograph of the body of a 10-year-old drowning victim being wheeled in at a hospital sent some people into paroxysms - not about the boy's needless death, but about publication of the photograph. Yet if the boy had been alive and died after going through the hospital doors, the photograph would have been fine by them. We try to strike a balance to fully inform readers, without grisly horror.


I absolutely agree with you Chris, as i have lived with major depression for near 12 years, but anytime i talked about it, i was told... just be positive, or come-on, things can't be that bad ...or, hey you're a big strong guy, handle it etc etc.

One day my world crashed 100% and i produced a gun and since then i have been ignored by near all, who could/should help and have been labeled A CRAZY MAN!!!

All i needed was support, but most people cannot understand this including many doctors.The black dog is a nasty illness, and more help should be available.

Posted by marumaaka on November 13, 2010 11:43


"Khun Bandit"?

Posted by MIKEY on November 13, 2010 22:52


Headline displays a commendable amount of understatement; I like it.

As for the pic of the woman's arm, it's a great news image. As Isherwood put it, "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking." Unpleasant, but so was the murder.

Posted by Tanya Millibank on November 24, 2010 23:07

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