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An angry monk took a scythe and slashed a farmer who owed him money to death in front of his temple in Ayutthaya yesterday.
The monk, covered in blood, then stood calmly with the weapon waiting for police to come and arrest him, reports Thairath.
A huge crowd had gathered when police arrived. Ayuthaya police learnt that the dead man was Chatchai Plertplai,40, a farmer in the Sai Noi, Bang Ban area where the unnamed temple is also located.
He had been slashed repeatedly about the head and body and his right hand was hanging off. His motorcycle was on its side by his body.
Monk Prayoon Phromsri attached to the same temple was waiting for officers holding a metre long scythe covered in blood.
Prayoon told police that he had been ordained into the monkhood at another temple some eight years ago and had transferred to this one two years back. He had been owed money by the farmer who he said was a football gambler. He had tried to get the money back on several occasions.
Yesterday the monk said that Chatchai came to the temple on his bike. He was sweeping up in the temple grounds and raised the question of the debt and a slanging match ensued. He admitted that in anger he picked up the scythe from a cart and attacked Chatchai.