Police have ruled out a conflict with the Shooting Association as a possible motive for the murder of former national sports shooter Jakkrit Panichpatikum, the Metropolitan Police Bureau chief said on Monday.
Pol Lt Gen Khamronwit Thoopkrajang said investigators had concluded that Jakkrit’s long-standing dispute with the Shooting Association of Thailand was not related to his death and they are now treating family conflicts as a potential motive.
Police are collecting more evidence and will interview more of Jakkrit’s family members and relatives of his wife, Dr Nitiwadee Pucharoenyos. Four Air Force military police officers who were hired by Dr Nitiwadee’s brother to protect her will also be summoned for questioning, Pol Lt Gen Khamronwit said.
Drugs and the amulet trade have already been ruled out as a factor in the killing after several witnesses were questioned.
“Like I said before, a murder-for-hire case may be easy to investigate, but arresting [the killer] is difficult,” Pol Lt Gen Khamronwit said.
He was referring to an earlier remark that he made saying the case was not complicated, but that police had found it difficult to find evidence leading to the killer.
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