Suspect Arrested after Stabbing Gardener to Death in Wichit


In Wichit, a 55-year-old male suspect was apprehended in Patong following a fatal altercation that resulted in the stabbing death of a 49-year-old man.

According to the Wichit Police, as reported by the Phuket Express, the incident occurred on Tuesday, March 19th, at a labor camp located in Soi Thep Anusorn, Wichit. The victim, Mr. Boonkamplan Boonchoo, a 49-year-old native of Sisaket, succumbed to stab wounds. Following the incident, the suspect fled the scene.

The Phuket Provincial Court issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, identified as Mr. Issara Khunpoechai, 55. Mr. Issara, who is now facing murder charges, was detained on Thursday, March 21st, along the 50 Years Hill Road in Patong.

Mr. Issara confessed to authorities that he had been drinking alcohol with Mr. Boonkamplan on the day of the incident. An argument ensued, escalating into a physical confrontation. Mr. Issara admitted to striking Mr. Boonkamplan twice with a whisky bottle, which led to Mr. Boonkamplan falling to the ground. In the heat of the moment, Mr. Issara used the broken glass bottle to inflict a fatal stab wound to Mr. Boonkamplan’s neck.

In Thailand, the penalties for murder can be severe. According to Thai law, anyone who commits murder could face the death penalty or imprisonment for a period of 15-20 years. The capital punishment is carried out through lethal injection.

However, it’s important to note that the actual sentence can vary depending on the circumstances of the crime and the discretion of the court. Factors such as premeditation, cruelty, or the victim’s status can influence the severity of the punishment.

In the case of Mr. Issara Khunpoechai, if convicted, he could potentially face these penalties, subject to the findings and decisions of the judicial process.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.