Police have arrested a gunman who allegedly colluded with four other suspects to kill a female official in Pathum Thani over what he claimed stemmed from his friend’s “painful unfulfilled love” for the victim.
Weerayapa Ngamwilai, a 36-year-old official of Bueng Cham Or Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO), was shot dead in her car on Wang Noi-Thanyaburi Road in Pathum Thani’s Khlong Luang district after meeting her ex-husband, identified as Thaweewong Thongyuen, a former Phan Thong TAO chairman in Chon Buri, last Tuesday.
The gunman, identified as Thanachai Yaemcharoen, was nabbed while he was attempting to escape from Thailand, according to a source. The suspect was reportedly found and arrested by a team of investigators in Tak’s Mae Sot district yesterday.
The shooting death happened in Weerayapa’s car on the evening of Mar 14 after a last talk between the victim and Mr Thaweewong, who told police he was her ex-husband.
Weerayapa had not been aware Mr Thaweewong was accompanied by the alleged hitman who sat on a back seat. After the meeting, Mr Thaweewong left the car, letting the man gun down his former wife, according to a source close to the investigation.
An initial inspection of the car found spent bullets of a .38-calibre pistol. Police said Weerayapa was shot four times.
Earlier police arrested four other suspects, including Mr Thaweewong, who all admitted to the wrongdoing, deputy national police chief Pol Gen Chaloemkiat Siworakhan said during a press conference at Khlong 5 Police Station in Pathum Thani yesterday.
Mr Thaweewong, who was yesterday brought to re-enact his crime at the spot where his ex-wife Weerayapa was gunned down, confessed the murder was a result of his long-running “painful” feeling he suffered after the victim left him.
According to Mr Thaweewong’s accounts, he knew Weerayapa since 2012 when the woman left Bueng Thong Lang TAO in Pathum Thani to work at Phan Thong TAO in Chon Buri headed by Mr Thaweewong. They lived together for about two years before Weerayapa began to distance herself from him, following the end of his term as the TAO head.
Mr Thaweewong was disappointed with her decision.
Weerayapa left her former workplace and joined Bueng Cham Or TAO.
According to the investigation, Mr Thaweewong hired Mr Thanachai as the gunman to kill Weerayapa while another three suspects who allegedly helped find the gunman are Chiraphan Mengki, Somchai Charoenying and Champi Chatwong.
A source close to the investigation said Mr Thaweewong and Mr Champi first contacted Mr Chiraphan, who also allegedly works as a gunman, for the murder. However, Mr Chiraphan asked Mr Somchai to help find another gunman, who is Mr Thanachai.
According to the investigation, after Mr Thanachai killed Weerayapa, he, along with Mr Thaweewong, travelled in a pickup truck heading to Ayutthaya. The gunman later left the car and travelled in a Honda CRV to escape, Pol Gen Chaloemkiat said.
Mr Thaweewong reportedly drove the pickup truck to his brother’s house and then drove off in his brother’s car. He was eventually found by police investigators in Kanchanaburi.
-The Bangkok Post