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In the early hours of the 26th of December officers were called to the Fong Beer Pub in Patong where they found the body of 27 year old Sawitree Kaewnin sitting on an outside table with her head in a pool of blood.
Next to her body the police found a leather pistol holder, her shoulder bag was found on the floor next to her along with an 11mm pistol and a spare ammunition case. An 11mm bullet casing and a magazine containing five bullets were found near to the door of the bar.
Ms Sawitree, who had had been dead for around two hours, had been shot behind the ear. Her body was taken to Paton hospital for further examination. On arrival at the hospital police discovered Pol Sgt Phongsagorn Treeyut of Kathu police station receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to his left wrist.
A witness told the police that Sgt Phongsagorn had come to see Ms Sawitree, who worked as a waitress at the bar, and the couple sat chatting at the table, later staff heard a single gunshot.
The police have said that it is believed Sgt Phongsagorn was just teasing Ms Sawitree by holding her around the neck and pointing the gun at her ear. This is the reason that the magazine had been removed from the gun, however Sgt Phongsagorn had forgotten there was still a bullet in the gun’s chamber. During the teasing he pulled the trigger, fired the fatal shot and also injured himself.
Officers will continue to investigate the case to establish if this is the correct theory.