A stormy marriage with attempts at reconciliation mixed with heated arguments have led police to question family members in the investigation of the murder of former national shooting team member Jakkrit Panichpatikum.
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Former national shooting team member Jakkrit Panichpatikum gives flowers to his wife Nitawadee Pucharoenyos last September as an attempt to reconcile with his family. He had been arrested earlier with attempted murder and assault on his family members. APICHIT JINAKUL
Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang yesterday said the only possible motive for the murder was disputes between the former athlete' s family members and people close to him.
The investigators ruled out motives of disputes with the Shooting Association of Thailand, and conflicts in the amulet and illicit drug trades
Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit said the investigation itself might not be difficult, but it was quite hard to gather evidence to secure court approval for the arrest of any suspects
MPB Investigation Division chief Prayon Lasua, yesterday said Jakkrit's wife, Nitiwadee Pucharoenyos was unlikely to be a murder suspect but people close to her may be involved.
Cops zero in on family link killing motive
Jakkrit Panichpatikum of Thailand shows his bronze medal he won in the Men's Shooting 25m Centre Fire Pistol final at the 15th Asian Games in Doha 08 December 2006. AFP
Police are zeroing in on family conflicts as the motive for the murder of former national sports shooter Jakkrit Panichpatikum.
Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang said yesterday that investigators were not convinced Jakkrit's conflict with the Thai shooting association was relevant
They have also ruled out his involvement in the lucrative amulet trading business.
"No conclusion has been reached on who ordered the killing, but family conflicts appear to be the remaining issue " Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit said.
"However, more evidence must be found to support this theory "
The MPB chief said some of the family members of Jakkrit's wife, Nitiwadee Pucharoenyos, had been summoned for questioning and they had cooperated well.
Asked whether Dr Nitiwadee was involved in the murder Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit said he did not know, but affirmed she too had cooperated well when she was interviewed on Saturday.
He stressed the four air force officers hired to provide security for Dr Nitiwadee were not murder suspects They have been asked to supply leads in the case, he said.
Air force spokesman AVM Monthon Sutchukorn confirmed that the investigators had contacted the Office of the Don Muang RTAF Base Commander for permission to interview the officers.
Jakkrit was gunned down on Oct 19 in his black Porsche Boxster near Ramkhamhaeng Soi 166 in Min Buri district.
According to an MPB source a witness told investigators that Jakkrit had heated arguments with his wife in the week before he was killed.
Dr Nitawadee Pucharoenyos, Jakkrit's wife, weeps at his cremation last week. APICHIT JINAKUL
Dr Nitiwadee's relatives knew about the couple's fallout and tried to convince her not to try and repair the relationship the source said.
Jakkrit was angered by this and confronted these family members, the source said.
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affirm: to say or show that something is true - ยืนยัน, รับรอง
amulet: a small object that some people wear around their neck as a protection against evil, bad luck, disease etc - เครื่องราง
approval: official permission - การอนุมัต
argument: a conversation or discussion in which two or more people disagree, often angrily - การโต้แย้ง, การแย้ง, การโต้เถียง
arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
assault: to attack someone violently - ทำร้ายร่างกาย
association: an official group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose - สมาคม
athlete: someone who is good at sports and takes part in sports competitions - นักกีฬา
conclusion: a final decision - การสรุป การตกลงขั้นสุดท้าย
conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง
confront: to face, meet or deal with a difficult person, group or situation - เผชิญหน้า
convince: to make somebody/yourself believe that something is true; to persuade somebody to do something - ทำให้เชื่อ, ทำให้แน่ใจ, ชักจูง
convinced: certain; sure - แน่ใจ, มั่นใจ
cooperate: to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved - ร่วมมือกัน
cremation: the burning of a dead body - การเผาศพ (งานพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพ)
dispute: a serious disagreement - ข้อโต้แย้ง
evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
gun down: to shoot somebody, especially killing or seriously injuring them - ยิง
heated: angry - โกรธ, ฉุนเฉียว
hire: to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time - จ้าง
illicit: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย
interview: to ask someone questions in a meeting - สัมภาษณ์
investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something - ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
involvement: the act or process of taking part in something - การเกี่ยวข้อง
issue: a problem that needs to be considered - ประเด็น
lead: a piece of information that may help to find out the truth or facts about a situation, especially a crime - ข้อมูลที่เป็นประโยชน์ในการค้นหา, ร่องรอย
link: a connection - การเชื่อมต่อ
lucrative: earning a lot of money - ที่มีกำไรงาม
metropolitan police: the police in responsible for a city - ตำรวจนครบาล
motive: a reason for doing something - แรงจูงใจ
murder: the crime of intentionally killing a person - ฆาตกรรม, การฆาตกรรม
permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
reconcile: to become friendly again or to have a new relationship after a disagreement - (ทำให้)คืนดี
relationship: a sexual or romantic connection between two people - ความสัมพันธ์
relative: a member of your family - ญาติพี่น้อง
relevant: directly connected and important to what is being discussed or considered - ที่เกี่ยวข้อง
remaining: continuing to be present; still existing - ยังเหลืออยู่
rule out: to stop considering something as a possibility - ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้
secure: to get or achieve something - ได้มา
security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย
source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
stress: to emphasise something such as an idea, fact or detail; to explain why something is important - เน้น
summon: to officially order someone to come to a place - เรียกตัว
suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
theory: one or more ideas that explain how or why something happens - สมมติฐาน
trade: the buying and selling of goods and services - การค้าขาย
weep: to cry because you feel unhappy or have some other strong emotion - ร้องไห้
witness: a person who sees something happen or knows about something - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน
zero in: focus or concentrate on something - มุ่ง เล็งไปที่
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