Russian tourist arrested for allegedly killing security officer
A 30-year-old Russian tourist was arrested early Monday for allegedly clubbing a security officer of a Bangkok temple to death, police said.
Pol Lt Phairoj Suwanmanee of Bang Rak police station, said Nikolai Zhilin was arrested shortly before 1:30 am after he allegedly smashed the head of Prajak Sutthiketkan, 27, who worked as a security officer of Maha Pruettaram Temple.
Phairoj, an interrogator on duty of the police station, was alerted at 1:30 am that a Russian man was caught by local residents after he allegedly killed a security officer of the temple.
Phairoj, scientific crime defection officers and Ruam Katanyu Foundation rescuers rushed to the temple and found the body of Prajak with serious wound on his head. They found that the Russian man had been caught by the local residents and the tourist could not communicate with police officers as if he were insane.
Prajak’s girlfriend, Linda Singharaj, 29, told police with her eyes brimming with tears that she worked as a worker of the temple in charge of the car park. She said she closed the gate to the car park at midnight and then she heard glasses breaking from inside the car park.
When she rushed to check, she found a farang using a steel pipe to hit a pick-up truck’s windows.
She said she told the man to stop but he turned to attack her with one-meter-long pipe. She ran and cried for help and Prajak rushed to her rescue.
Prajak told her to call police but he was knocked down by the farang who then repeatedly hit his head. The Russian climbed over the fence to flee but he was caught by local residents.
Bang Rak police chief Pol Col Nakhon Thongphanit said Zhilin entered the kingdom on March 2. It was still not known why he made the attack, Nakhon said.