Police are on a manhunt for four young men accused of murdering a 14-year-old boy in central Thailand’s Chonburi province. Kraisiri Wongpat, 14, was discovered dead in the garage of his uncle’s house around 11 am Saturday.
The discovery was reported to police in Chonburi’s Bang Lamung district.
Officers from the police station arrived at the uncle’s house, accompanied by a doctor from a hospital, to find the boy’s body covered in bruises from being beaten.
His wrists were swollen from being tied with a rope. The 14-year-old was thought to have died three hours earlier.
Mr. Den Sinthusra, the boy’s uncle, told police that his mother heard someone crying in pain around 2 a.m. She told him to go outside to see what was happening.
Outside his house, he discovered 4 young men punching the 14-year-old boy, his nephew.
He claimed to recognize one of them, a man named Prik, who was about 25 years old. The four accused the boy of robbing them of a gold necklace and 3,000 baht in cash.
Mr. Den claimed he attempted to intervene by threatening to call the police but was threatened by the four men.
The young men told him they were taking the boy to where he had hidden the gold and money, then forced him into a motorcycle sidecar and drove away.
He discovered Kraisiri dead in the garage around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Neighbours informed him that the boy was brought back to the house on a motorcycle and dumped in the garage.
The local chief, Pol Col Surakij In-am, stated that officers gathered evidence and information from witnesses to obtain a court warrant to arrest the suspects.
Source: Bangkok Post