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A Thai wife in Udon Thani told police that she kicked her husband to death after he smashed her in the face with a bottle of white spirits at a Songkran drinking session.
However, police found a bloodstained club and a blood splattered rock at the scene.
Nam Soam police were called to the village of Ban Tha Soam at 9.30 am on Wednesday morning.
There they found 45 year old Chumpae Sonaya lying dead beside a house. He had facial wounds, cuts by his ear, a fractured skull, lacerations to his body and blood coming from his mouth.
He had been dead at least one hour.
Nearby was a bloodstained one meter long wooden club, a bloodstained rock and many smashed bottles of Lao Khao (white spirit alcohol).
The person responsible was his wife Areewan Lapbanjop who was soon found hiding elsewhere in the village.
She had facial injuries and gave the following explanation to the constabulary:
She had been married to Chumpae for many years. He worked in Bangkok while she lived in the village with his mother. They had no children from this union.
He always came home for Songkran and this year was no exception. He brought with him bottles of Lao Khao which always led to arguments and domestic violence. His mother got so fed up that she chased her out of the house and she went to stay with friends nearby.
On Tuesday Chumpae showed up at the friends’ house and they started drinking with the other two owners of the property.
It was very late on Tuesday when the alcohol was finished and her husband was paralytic. He ordered her to get some more alcohol and she refused which prompted a great argument.
He attacked her with a bottle to the face, she said. She was not taking this lying down so she started kicking him until he fell to the ground in some grass by the house. She then proceeded to kick him until he was still and left him there by the house and went to bed, she claimed.
At daybreak she said that she took him a blanket and covered him to ward off the early morning chill – she didn’t know that he was dead. At 8am she went to see if he wanted some breakfast and there was no response.
Police said while it was reasonable for the wife to defend herself and give her husband a good kicking this did not explain the bloodstained club and bloodstained rock never mind the large number of smashed Lao Khao bottles in the vicinity.
Consequently Areewan has been charged with assault causing death.