BANGKOK – A Thai Police Officer has been relieved of duty and will be charged with first degree murder after he shot and killed a Frenchman on the first floor of the Trendy Office & Plaza building on Soi Sukhumvit 13 by a drunken policeman early on Wednesday .
Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kantapong Huadsri, 49, of Bangkok’s Lumpini police station, is alleged to have followed and slain Malik Djamel, 41, after losing a drunken fist fight with the French tourist at the Lucky Shot Food and Sport restaurant on Soi Sukhumvit 11/1,
Jawanjira Nutakrai, the dead man’s 32-year-old Thai girlfriend, said Mr. Djamel was a frequent visitor to Thailand and that the two men had known each other for nearly a year.
She said they were drinking in the bar together and Djamel had become jealous because she was talking to the policeman, which initiated a fist fight between the two men.
Witnesses said the policeman was on the losing end of the fist fight and later followed Djamel back to the condominium building, where he stayed, and shot him dead on the first floor.
The Frenchman was shot twice, in the chest and hip.
The policeman fled the scene, but later surrendered and was being interrogated, pending charges being laid.
Pol Maj Gen Mongkol Warunno, commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 5, told the Bangkok Post that the man had been sacked from the police force and would be charged with murder.
He said the suspect was already defending himself in court in another case, in which he had shot another person six years ago.
Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, immigration police commissioner, confirmed both men were drunk. He said the victim had been staying at the residence for some months and was looking for a job.
Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kantapong had confessed to the crime, he said.
Source: AFP, Bangkok Post