Man nabbed in football referee shooting case
- Published: 30 Oct 2013 at 21.25
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Police on Wednesday arrested one of the three suspects in connection with the Sept 4 shooting attack on a Thai Premier League (TPL) referee.
Football referee Thanom Borikut. (Bangkok Post file photo)
The suspect, Kosin Srinuankhan, 19, was accused of riding a motorcycle that carried a gunman during the attack that left Thanom Borikut, 44, injured.
Police apprehended Mr Kosin in Bangkok’s Ratchawat area and seized from him a mobile phone he used to contact the other two suspects ― Sukhum Dangkulwanich, 31, and Sgt Maj1 Sirisak Chanruang, 53, of the 11th Military Circle in Dusit district ― who are still at large.
Mr Sukhum was said to be the hitman and SM1 Sirisak hired him.
Kosin was charged with premeditated attempted murder, Metropolitan Police Division 4 commander Naiyawat Padermchit told a press briefing.
Kosin told police that SM1 Sirisak was hired by someone in Buriram province to shoot Mr Thanom for 100,000 baht, but the hirer did not specify if he wanted him dead. SM1 Sirisak then hired him and Sukhum to shoot the referee and also arranged a gun and a motorcycle for them, he said, adding that he received 20,000 baht for his role.
Kosin said the hire was related to conflicts stemmed from a football match but he did not know which one that led to Mr Thanom’s shooting.
Pol Maj Gen Naiyawat said the attack was believed to have been mainly related to conflicts in football circles and Mr Thanom’s on-field rulings.
One of the most controversial Thai referees, Mr Thanom has been criticised for making questionable decisions on several occasions.
The Fifa referee, who is an army sergeant, was shot three times in front of a dormitory at the Sports Authority of Thailand headquarters in Hua Mark. He has recovered and is released from the hospital.
Early this month, another football referee Nakhon Sa-ard was shot in his foot by an unknown number of gunmen at his house in Nonthaburi.
Mr Nakhon, who is a lawyer, has been suspended for 18 months by the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) after he made several mistakes as a linesman in the League One match between Rayong FC and Singtharua a few moths ago.
(Bangkok Post file photo)