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A security camera captures a man fleeing the Phuket murder scene

Phuket Police Seek Brit, Other Woman Over Savage Murder

Sunday, June 10, 2012
PHUKET: Police on Phuket urgently want to interview a British man and a Thai woman after the shooting-murder of a 55-year-old Thai woman in her central Phuket home yesterday.

Supattra Namfach was shot in the head as she watched television by two men who fled in a pickup. The vehicle was stopped soon after by Phuket police at the Tachatchai checkpoint, on the exit road that leads off Phuket.

Three men in the cabin were arrested and interviewed separately, with Sawit Jongrak, 28, confessing to being the Phuket gunman while Aroon Patan, 28, and Sanawg Punerng, 26, denied involvement.

As the arrests and interviews were taking place, Khun Supattra died from gunshot wounds with doctors and nurses at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City unable to save her life.

Investigators are now trying to determine the motive for paying killers to murder a 55-year-old woman in her loungeroom.

Their attention is focussed on Khun Supattra's male British friend, who it is believed was last in her company a couple of days ago.

Even more a person of special interest is the other Thai woman, who had a relationship with the same man.

As the search for the British man and the Thai woman began, police revealed that the three shooting suspects were shown on a security camera fleeing the central Phuket shooting.

Officers were looking for the shirtsthe men allegedly wore during the shooting, said to have been discarded with a gun alongside Thepkasattri Road, the main Phuket artery leading to Tachatchai checkpoint.

Police have been told the men were promised 80,000 baht for the murder, but had only received half that amount in advance, the other half to be delivered later.


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