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A Phuket gardener was arrested early yesterdy morning (February 23) after he attacked two men with a machete who were trying to steal roosters from his garden. One of the men died and the other had to run for his life.
Police arrived at a vegetables and fruit orchard on a dirt road off of the Kalim-Kamala Rd about three kilometre from Kamala Beach and found the suspect Jarat Rattanarat, 64, standing with his wife waiting for police to arrive.
Police were led to the body of 21-year- old Weerawat Tiangnoy, a Patong resident, who had suffered a large slash to his neck. He was lying in a bush near a chicken coop and had a six foot skythe in his hand.
Kathu Superintendent, Lt Col Chaiyawat Uykam came to the incident scene to collect crime scene information and later escorted Jarat, who admitted to the killing, to Kathu police station.
Jarat told police he has been hired by a Phuket investor to take care of the garden and orchard for at least for 10 years, and that he raises roosters and hens in the garden.
“I have recently noticed that some of my roosters and hens were missing.
“At first my wife and I thought it was a snake that took the roosters so for the last three days I have hidden and waited to catch the snake.
“However, this morning I caught the two men trying to steal my rooster. I demanded the rooster be returned but the victim responded by trying to hack me with a skythe so I defended myself with a machete,” said Jarat.
Weerawat was slashed twice on the neck and was killed instantly. His accomplice ran away into the woods in panic police were told.
Jarat said he told his wife, Pensri Plagsakul, 60, that he had killed the rooster thief, so she told the land owner about the incident and contacted the police.