BANGKOK – Swiss National Reto Castellazzi has shot and killed himself after he shot his wife in the head after a heated argument before turning the gun on himself.
Castellazzi had a history of mental illness however he was a former computer engineer. He resigned from his work due to mental illness, and had been on medication since, investigators said
The murder of his wife Muang Thai Insurance director Kritaya Lamsam happened on Friday night and is being treated by police as a domestic dispute.
Police Region Five commander Maj-General Suebsak Pansuri said it appeared Redo Castellassi, 55, killed the 48-year-old before turning the gun on himself.
Kritaya’s body was found in a bedroom and her husband’s body was found in a bathroom on the second floor of the Lamsam family’s six-floor luxury condominium on Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Road, Sathorn.
The couple had lived there with members of the Lamsam family.
Suebsak said Kritaya was shot in the head.
He said an 11mm gun was found in the bathroom and a 9mm gun, a Magnum gun and seven cartridges were also discovered.
Police interviewed Kritaya’s relatives and a maid who lived with the couple and believed Kastellassi killed his wife while she was packing a bag to leave after they argued.
He had been treated for neurosis and was taking medication, Suebsak said.
The couple had a 14-year-old daughter Reya who was not home at the time of the murder.
Mrs Kritaya was a cousin of Nualphan Lamsam, the president and CEO of Muang Thai Insurance Plc and manager of Thailand’s female national football team.
Mrs Kritaya was a daughter of Yutti Lamsam, vice-chairman of Muang Thai Insurance, and Mrs Kosal. A graduate from Chulalongkorn University’s Commerce and Accountancy Faculty, she finished her master’s degree from Boston University in the United States.
Later on Saturday Mrs Nualphan said relatives were saddened but had always been aware of Mr Castellazzi’s mental problem.
She did not know if the couple had had conflicts but expected Mr Castellazzi’s relatives in Switzerland to pick up his body for a funeral after his autopsy.