Killed 70+ people, sentenced to death after killing village headman, pardoned, killed again, then caught again by accident.
Jom Imkaew, who is on the most wanted gunmen list, was arrested in Khon Kaen on Thursday. (Photo by Chakrapan Natunri)
Suspected most-wanted hitman arrested
A professional hitman on the police most wanted list was arrested yesterday in Khon Kaen province after seven years on the run.
Jom Imkaew, 63, from Chiang Mai's Chai Prakan district, ranked ninth on the police list of 75 most wanted hitmen. Police had put a 100,000-baht bounty on his head.
He allegedly confessed to his crimes. Police said he told them he had been responsible for at least 70 murders in the North from when he was aged between 21 and 50, with his victims mostly thugs and drug traffickers.
Mr Jom's record showed he was arrested in 1980 for the murder of a village headman in Chiang Mai's Fang district.
He was given the death sentence, but received a royal pardon and was released from jail in 1992.
Two years later, he returned to jail in a weapons case and was released in March 2006. Shortly afterwards, Mr Jom and another male suspect identified only as [Sgt.] San were allegedly involved in the killing of a couple at a noodle shop in Chiang Mai province' s Chiang Dao district.
After that, he fled to work as a hired hand in tambon Tha Phra in Muang district of Khon Kaen.
The suspect admitted the charges against him and said he was willing to face punishment.
Police Region 4 chief Anuchai Lekbamrung said police had gone to tambon Tha Phra to crack down on drug traffickers but found Mr Jom in a house in the area. Because he behaved suspiciously, officers asked for his ID card and found he was on the list of 75 most wanted hitmen.
Police said Mr Jom also confirmed he was the hitman on the list, and since he had confessed to all charges, he would be handed over to the Chiang Dao police station in Chiang Mai for further action.
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admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
allegedly: claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่กล่าวหา
arrested: caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม
behave: to do things in a particular way - ประพฤติตัว
bounty: money given as a reward, of for helping catch or kill a criminal - เงินรางวัล
case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
confess: to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
confirm: to state or show that something is definitely true or correct, especially by providing evidence - ยืนยัน
couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คุ่รัก
crack down: to start dealing with someone or something much more strictly - เข้มงวด การปราบปรามหรือลงโทษอย่างรุนแรง
criminal record: a police record of arrests and/or crimes that a person was found guilty of -
death sentence: the legal punishment of being killed for a serious crime - การลงโทษประหารชีวิต
drug trafficker: someone in the business of buying and selling drugs illegally - ผู้ลักลอบค้ายาเสพติด
hand over: to give somebody else control or the responsibility for something - มอบ
headman: village headman, the leader of a village - ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน
hired hand: someone who is paid to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
hitman: a person who is paid to kill someone - นักฆ่ามืออาชีพที่ใช้ปืนเป็นอาวุธ
identified: named, said to be - ระบุ, ระบุชื่อ
most wanted list: the list of dangerous criminals that the police are looking for to arrest -
murder: the crime of intentionally killing a person - ฆาตกรรม
on the run: running away from something , such as the police -
pardon: an official decision to forgive someone for committing a crime and to free them from full or further punishment - การอภัยโทษ
professional: doing something as a paid job rather than as a hobby - ที่ทำเป็นอาชีพ
province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
punishment: an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ
rank: to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc - จัดลำดับ
release: allowing someone to go free - การปล่อยตัว
responsible for: to cause something to happen - ก่อให้เกิด
Sgt: sergeant; a middle rank in the military or police - จ่านายสิบ,นายสิบ,นายจ่า
suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
suspected: thought to have done something wrong - เป็นที่สงสัย
suspiciously: in a way that makes you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal - อย่างน่าสงสัย
thug: a man who is violent, especially a criminal - นักเลง, อันธพาล
victim: someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
wanted: when the police want to arrest a person but cannot find them -
weapon: an object such as a knife, gun, bomb, etc. that is used for fighting or attacking somebody - อาวุธ
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