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Two prime suspects alleged to be involved in the murder of an 19-year youth in Kanchanaburi province narrowly escaping linching Tuesday after dozens of the victim’s relatives and friends tried to snatch them from the police as they tried to stage a reenactment of the murder at the crime scene.
The reenactment of the murder of 19-year old Krisda Onnom by the two suspects, 25-year old Nitinai “Moss” Watcharanutat and 23-year old Chai-anuwat “Ton” Rodpai was supposed to take place at the crime scene in front of the Arabian Night pub on Saengchuto road in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district.
As the van carrying the two suspects arrived at the crime scene, about 50 relatives and friends of the victim rushed toward the van to block it and some of them tried to open the side door to snatch the suspects.
A brief commotion followed, prompting the police to order the van to leave the scene. The re-enactment was also cancelled.
The victim’s mother, Mrs Kanya Toysheller, said this was the first time that she visited the crime scene where her boy was brutally beaten to death by six men all of them have now been arrested.
She demanded the six suspects to be brought to make an apology in front of the victim’s body before it was to be cremated on Thursday. She also demanded the suspects to be condemned to death or jailed for life.
Pol Colonel Pisut Sukrason, superintendent of the Muang district police, said he could not force the suspects to apologise the victim and this would depend on the will of the suspects.
He also said that the police were concerned with the safety of the suspects if they were to be taken to the victim’s house because his relatives were still very angry with the suspects.