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A Kanchanaburi policemen vowed he would make a 20-kilometre run to a sacred Buddha image if he solved a brutal brick-throwing crime. With the confessed brick-thrower in jail, he competed his run on Tuesday. 

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The policeman who solved the high-profile brick-hurling case in which a female university student was badly injured has run 20 kilometres from his home to a local temple to fulfill a vow to a sacred Buddha image. Photos by Piyarach Chongcharoen

Policeman fulfills a holy vow

Last month in Kanchanaburi, 18-year-old Jenjira Thongchai, was riding in a pickup truck driven by her boyfriend when a brick crashed through passenger window.

The 18-year-old suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and damage to both her eyes. She is slowly recovering, but still suffers from memory loss and the vision in her left eye is impaired.

She is able to stand and walk with her mother's help and is undergoing physical therapy, says Dr Weerapol Pokpong of Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok where she was transferred after the attack.

Like people throughout the country, Pol Lt Phuree Thianprapakul was shocked by the brutal crime.  As investigator in charge of the case, he made a vow to a sacred Buddha image that if he caught the assailant, he would run the 20 kilometres from his home to the temple where the image is located.

Last Friday, the 43-year-old policeman and his team arrested Wichai Pukheng, 19, at his house in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district. Police say he has admitted to throwing the 1.5-kilogramme brick.

He said he was angry after learning that his girlfriend had gone out with another man, and quarrelled with her when she returned.

Then, he said, he vented his anger by hurling the brick towards the road, without realising that it would hit a vehicle.

Mr Wichai has been charged with attempted murder.

With the case solved, it was time for Pol Lt Phuree to fulfill his vow. Thus, on Tuesday at 6am, he began his 20-kilometre run from his police flat in Tha Maka district to Wat Tra Kham Ain.

He was accompanied by his 40-year-old wife, 15-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter on a motorcycle.

It took the healthy lieutenant three hours and 10 minutes to complete the run. He reached the temple at 9.10am. Neighbours waited to congratulate him, saying they were impressed by Pol Lt Phuree's strong determination and faith.

Adapted from a story by Piyarach Chongcharoen.

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Vocabulary:

accompany: to go with someone - ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน,ไปเป็นเพื่อน

admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

arrest: (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม

assailant: someone who violently attacks another person - ผู้ทำร้าย

brain: the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling - สมอง

brick: baked clay used for building walls, houses and other buildings - อิฐ

brutal: extremely violent and unpleasant - โหดร้าย

charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา

congratulate: to praise someone about their success, good luck or happiness on a special occasion - แสดงความยินดี

determination: the quality that makes you continue trying to do something even when this is difficult - ความตั้งใจ, ความมุ่งมั่น, ความตั้งใจมั่น

faith: strong religious belief - ศรัทธาในศาสนา

female: being a woman or a girl - สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ

flat: a set of rooms for living in, including a kitchen, usually on one floor of a building - แฟลต, ห้องชุด

fulfill: to achieve something that you wanted to do, or to get something that you hoped for - สำเร็จ

high-profile: creating a lot of public attention - เป็นที่สนใจจากคนในสังคม

hurl: to throw something using a lot of force - เขวี้ยง ขว้างปา

image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ

impaired: not fully able to do something - ซึ่งไมสมบูรณ์

impressed: admiring someone or something very much because of an unusually good quality or achievement - ประทับใจ

in charge of: to be in control of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something, especially a crime or accident - ตำรวจฝ่ายสอบสวนคดีอาชญากรรม

lieutenant: an officer of middle rank in the army, navy, air force or police - ร้อยโท

local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

located: where something is - ตั้งอยู่

memory: something that you remember from the past; the ability to remember information, experiences and people - ความจำ

murder: the crime of intentionally killing a person - ฆาตกรรม

neighbour: someone who lives near you, - เพื่อนบ้าน

physical: connected with a person's body - เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย

quarrelled: argued, disagreed noisily - โต้เถียง

realise: to know about - ตระหนัก  รู้

recover: to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ

sacred: considered to be holy - ศักดิ์สิทธิ์

severe: very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง

shocked: very surprised and upset - ตกใจ

solve: to find the correct answer or explanation for something - หาคำตอบได้

therapy: a treatment which helps someone feel better, grow stronger, etc., especially after an illness - การบำบัดโรค

transfer: to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - ย้าย

traumatic: causing serious damage to the body - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, เกี่ยวกับบาดแผล

vent: to express your feelings of anger very strongly - แสดงออก, ปล่อยอารมณ์, ระบายอารมณ์

vision: the ability to see; the area that you can see from a particular position - การมองเห็น

vow: a serious promise - สาบาน

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