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Thai father in loss of face over wedding shoots son-in-law in front of pregnant daughter

A 40 year old Thai father is being sought by police in Nakhon Sri Thammarat after he shot his common law son-in-law as he rested in a hammock. 

The victim was shot in front of his pregnant wife, the daughter of the shooter.

The incident was in revenge for a loss of face caused by the son-in-law who refused to go through with a planned wedding three years ago. 

The couple then compounded the father’s anger by eloping. 

Thung Yai police were called to the village of Ban Klong Phiang where they found 34 year old Sarawut dead in a hammock in front of a TV. He had been shot in the chest and also had a wound to the head. 

Two women at the scene had fainted – they were Noonai, 40, and Monthip, 25, the wife of the victim. 

Rescue services took them to Thung Yai hospital. Later when she had recovered Monthip told police what had led up to the shooting and what happened at the house. She said her father, Narong, 42, was the shooter.

Police said that three years ago Monthip and Sarawut planned to get married. He father had sent out lots of invitations and a big feast was planned to celebrate the nuptials. 

But the prospective son-in-law didn’t show up on the day of the wedding and some time after the couple eloped. They had had a child – now six months old – and Monthip was pregnant with another. 

They had gone to live in Sarawut’s home district but after an argument Monthip had gone home to her parents. Her husband then went there to attempt a reconciliation – but her father had not forgotten the loss of face from three years prior. 

While Sarawut was in a hammock talking to his wife he went and lifted up his feet causing him to lose balance and his feet hit his daughter. 

Narong had a gun and pistol whipped his son-in-law around the head before firing at his chest. He fled the house.

Monthip ran out of the house to seek help from neighbors but none would intervene saying that they should wait for rescue services to arrive. 

They were too late to save Sarawut. 

Police have contacted the relatives of Narong to get him to give up but he remains on the run. They have applied for a warrant for his arrest. 

 Sanook

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