23 May 2024

A Laotian migrant worker has confessed to a gruesome murder of a 67-year old woman and her 12-year-old grand-daughter  in Samut Prakarn after he was arrested while waiting for a ferry in Muk Daharn province to across the Mekong River to Laos, police reported on Monday.

The suspect, identified as Pula, 22, who was arrested on Sunday night, admitted that he used a knife to slash their victims’ throats in a robbery attempt.  He was quoted by police as saying that he took one meth pill before sneaking into the victim’s house. 

A third victim, another grand-daughter of the elderly victim, was also seriously injured.

Phula, a welder working in the same neighbourhood in Soi Phet Hueng 23 in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan was arrested by immigration officials in the northeastern province Muk Dahan province early Monday morning  as he was waiting to take a ferry across the Mekong river to Savannakhet in Laos.

The suspect told police in Muk Dahan province that he sneaked into the house of the victim at about 3 am on Saturday and when encountered a cat he grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed its throat.

As he was ransacking the house looking for valuables, he said the woman came out only to be attacked by him.  When her two grandchildren came out he also slashed them with the knife, killing one of them and seriously injuring the other.

Having found a gold necklace, he left the house, took a ride on motorcycle taxi to the mouth of the alley where he lived, hailed a taxi to take him to Mor Chit bus terminal where he bought a new pair of pants, shirt and a pair of shoes with the stolen money.  He changed his clothes at the rest-room at the bus terminal before boarding a tour bus for Muk Dahan.

Upon arrival in Muk Dahan, Phu asked a bus boy to take him to a gold shop to sell the stolen necklace for 7,500 baht and he tipped the boy 300 baht.  He claimed he paid a samlor driver 1,200 baht to take him to a pier for a ferry travel to Laos.

The suspect was drinking in a food-shop when a team of immigration officials found him.