Karaoke murder: Suspects re-enact crime (Updated)

Karaoke murder: Suspects re-enact crime (Updated)

No major drug gang involved in killing

Preeyanuch “Preaw” Nongwangchai, the key suspect in the murder and dismemberment of a karaoke bar worker, is tightly escorted by police as she takes them through the crime, in which Warisara Klinjui was picked up by car before being murdered in Khon Kaen. JAKRAPHAN NATANRI
Preeyanuch “Preaw” Nongwangchai, the key suspect in the murder and dismemberment of a karaoke bar worker, is tightly escorted by police as she takes them through the crime, in which Warisara Klinjui was picked up by car before being murdered in Khon Kaen. JAKRAPHAN NATANRI

Three female suspects, including accused killer Preeyanuch "Preaw" Nongwangchai, on Monday led police through a re-enactment of the murder and disposal of the body of karaoke bar worker Warisara Klinjui.

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'Preaw' goes through re-enactment of karaoke murder

Jakraphan Natanri

KHON KAEN – Three female suspects, including accused killer Preeyanuch "Preaw" Nongwangchai, on Monday led police through a re-enactment of the murder and disposal of the body of karaoke bar worker Warisara Klinjui.

Ms Preeyanuch, 24, and two accused colluders – Kawinta "Earn" Ratchada, 25, and Apiwan "Jae" Satayabundit, 28 – were taken to eight spots linked to the grisly murder on May 23.

These included the store where they bought a saw, a resort where 22-year-old Warisara was cut up and bagged, and the field where her dismembered body was then buried.

Two companies of police also escorted the trio to an intersection on Nadi road where they picked up Warisara in a car and later drove her to the resort.

The murder occurred in the car, where Ms Preeyanuch allegedly mortally assaulted Warisara, Provincial Police Region 4 deputy chief Chaoroenwit Siwanit said on Monday.

"When the suspects realised the victim was dead, they bought the equipment [to dispose of the body] and drove to the resort," he said.

Warisara's dismembered body, stuffed in plastic bags in two plastic containers, was disinterred from a shallow grave on land owned by Ms Preeyanuch in Khon Kaen's Khao Suan Kwang district on May 25.

Ms Preeyanuch and her two companions crossed the border to the Myanmar town of Tachilek, opposite Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district, the same day.

A wall of police kept hundreds of angry villagers at bay during the re-enactment at the grave site.

One woman said she just wanted to see with her own eyes the "beautiful face, but cruel mind".

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National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda questions three murder suspects, (from left) Preeyanuch Nonwangchai, Kawita Ratchada and Apiwan Sattayabundit, at the police headquarters on Sunday. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

Trio admits to bar girl murder

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The three female suspects in the karaoke bar girl murder case have confessed to the charges laid against them, with one of the suspects, Preeyanuch "Preaw" Nonwangchai, insisting she had no intention to kill the victim.

Speaking at a press conference Sunday following their arrests, national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said the death of 22-year-old Warisara Klinjui is not linked to any organised drug ring. A personal feud and an unpaid debt were the motives, he said.

The police called in the media Sunday afternoon in Bangkok, several hours after the arrests of Ms Preeyanuch, 24, Kawita "Earn" Ratchada, 25, and Apiwan "Jae" Sattayabundit, 28, were confirmed on Saturday night.

The suspects, formally under arrest, are escorted by immigration officials upon their arrival at Police Aviation 3 at Bangkok's Don Mueang airport on Sunday. APICHIT JINAKUL

The three have been charged with cooperating in premeditated murder, concealing a body and theft. A crime re-enactment is expected to take place Monday at 7-8 locations in Khon Kaen.

The trio are among a group of five who allegedly killed Warisara, dismembered her body and buried the body parts in Khon Kaen's Khao Suan Kwang district late last month. The female trio fled across the border to Tachileik on May 25, the day Warisara's body was discovered.

Two other detained suspects are Wasin Namprom, 25, who was arrested in Laos and his girlfriend Jidarat Promkhun, 21, who was nabbed in Ubon Ratchathani.

Thai authorities sought help from their Myanmar counterparts to hunt down the suspects, who hid in a vacant house in Tachileik. The trio were detained by Myanmar authorities on Saturday night and delivered to the Thai police Sunday morning.

According to Pol Gen Chakthip, who questioned the three suspects by himself for an hour, the suspects have confessed to all the charges and Ms Preeyanuch has implicated Mr Wasin as being involved in the dismembering.

Apparently aware the end was near, the wanted women went shopping in Tachilek for pillows and blankets – where they were instantly spotted on CCTV (inset). (Photo supplied)

Pol Gen Chakthip said Warisara's murder stemmed from a personal conflict as the victim had given police information leading to the arrest of Ms Preeyanuch's husband in a drug-related case. Her husband is now in prison. In addition, Ms Preeyanuch claimed Warisara owed her up to 40,000 baht for more than a year.

Quoting Ms Preeyanuch, the police chief said she had no intention to kill Warisara but wanted to teach the victim a lesson.

"She insisted she met the victim by chance about 1am of May 25 after not having seen her for a year. So she asked her to get into the car to teach her a lesson but they had a row in the car and she strangled the victim in a fit of rage. The victim died in the car.

"The suspects thought about concealing the body by dumping it into the water but knew it would turn up. So they dismembered and buried the body," he said.

According to Pol Gen Chakthip, the suspects contacted authorities to surrender under pressure.

"They gave themselves up to authorities because we put a lot on pressure on this case. We asked Myanmar to help hunt them down. The suspects said they didn't want other people to get in trouble," he said.

"At least they had the conscience to turn themselves in," he said.

Two of the suspects tend to their make-up to prepare for their appearance before the media. POST TODAY

Commenting on social media calls that the trio faces the death sentence, he said sentencing is a judicial matter and said the harshest penalty in a murder case is death.

Pol Gen Chakthip also defended police treatment of the suspects, who were seen in several photos released on social media as "relaxed" and not handcuffed, saying authorities were confident the suspects would not flee.

He also claimed it was "normal" for police to let female suspects apply make-up while in detention.

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Vocabulary

  • 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
  • apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
  • appearance (noun): an act of appearing; an act of appearing in public - การปรากฎตัว
  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • arrested: caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม
  • assault (verb): to attack someone violently, either physically or in some other way, e.g., smell - ทำร้ายร่างกาย, ทำร้าย
  • at bay: under control ควบคุมไว้ได้ - ควบคุมไว้ได้
  • authorities: the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules - เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
  • aware (adj): knowing that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ, รับรู้
  • blanket: a thick cover made of wool or another material that you use to keep warm in bed - ผ้าห่ม
  • border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต
  • buried (verb): covered completely by something - ฝัง
  • by chance: the way things happen without being planned or expected - โดยบังเอิญ, โดยไม่รู้สาเหตุ
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
  • charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
  • charges (noun): official statements accusing someone of committing specific crimes - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • colluders (noun): people who act together secretly or illegally in order to deceive, cheat or harm someone สมรู้ร่วมคิด - ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด
  • companion: a person who travels who you or spends a lot of time with you - เพื่อน, เพื่อนเดินทาง
  • conceal: to hide something  - ซุก ซ่อน
  • confessed (verb): admitted to having committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • confident: certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future - มั่นใจ
  • conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง
  • conscience: the part of your mind that tells you whether your actions are right or wrong - สัมปชัญญะ
  • contact: to communicate with someone - ติดต่อ
  • cooperate: to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved - ร่วมมือกัน
  • counterpart (noun): someone who has the same job or purpose as another person, but in a different country, time, situation or organisation - คนที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งเดียวกันของอีกประเทศ หรือ กลุ่มหนึ่ง
  • cruel: deliberately causing pain to other people or animals - ป่าเถื่อน  โหดร้าย
  • death sentence: the legal punishment of being killed for a serious crime - การลงโทษประหารชีวิต
  • debt (noun): an amount of money that you owe - หนี้, นี้สิน
  • defend: to say things to support someone or something - ปกป้อง
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
  • detention (noun): forced to stay in a place - การกักตัว
  • discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ
  • disinter (verb): to dig up something, especially a dead body, from the ground - ขุดขึ้นมา
  • dismembered: having legs, arms, hands, etc. cut off - ถูกตัดออกเป็นส่วน ๆ , ถูกตัดมือตัดขาออก
  • disposal (noun): getting rid of something, by selling it or throwing it away - การกำจัด
  • dispose of: to get rid of - ทำลาย
  • escort: to go with someone - คุ้ม
  • female: being a woman or a girl - สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
  • feud: an angry disagreement between two people or groups that continues for a long time; row; dispute - ความอาฆาต
  • fit of rage (noun): a brief period of extreme anger - ความรุนแรงของอารมณ์
  • fled (past of flee): escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • grave: a place in the ground where a dead person is buried - หลุมศพ, หลุมฝังศพ
  • grisly: involving death or violence in a shock way; very unpleasant to look at because it involves death or violence - น่ากลัว,น่าขนลุก,น่าเขย่าขวัญ
  • handcuff: to put handcuffs (two metal rings joined by a short chain which lock around a prisoner's wrists ) on someone - ใส่กุญแจมือ
  • harshest (adj): the most strict; the stronget - อย่างรุนแรงที่สุด
  • hunt (verb): to look for a person or animal in order to catch them or harm them; to chase wild animals or birds in order to catch or kill them for food, sport or to make money - ตามหา, ล่า
  • immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • implicate: to show or suggest that someone is involved in something illegal or morally wrong   - โยงใยถึง, เกี่ยวพันกับ
  • insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
  • instantly: immediately - ทันที
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก
  • involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
  • judicial: relating to the courts of law - ในชั้นศาล
  • linked: connected - เชื่อมต่อ เชื่อมโยง
  • locations (noun): places - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • make-up: (n) substances used especially by women to make their faces look more attractive -
  • matter: a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered - เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • mortally (adv): causing or resulting in death - ขนาดถึงตาย
  • motive: a reason for doing something - แรงจูงใจ
  • murder (noun): the crime of intentionally killing a person - ฆาตกรรม, การฆาตกรรม
  • nabbed (verb): caught or arrested - ถูกจับ, โดนจับกุม
  • normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
  • opposite: across from or facing someone or something - ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
  • organised drug ring (noun): a group of people who are working together to buy, transport and sell illegal drugs - แก๊งร่วมกันเพื่อซื้อการขนส่งและขายยาที่ผิดกฎหมาย
  • owe: to be required to give someone money for something you have bought or money that you have borrowed from them - เป็นหนี้
  • penalty: a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law - โทษ
  • personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว
  • pillow: a soft object on which you rest your head in bed - หมอน
  • premeditated: planned in advance - คาดคิดมาก่อน
  • press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว
  • pressure: a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation - ความกดดัน
  • re-enactment (of a crime): repeating the actions of a past event, in this case, of a crime - แผนประกอบคำรับสารภาพ
  • release: to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use - เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
  • row: a serious disagreement about an issue between people, organisations or countries - การทะเลาะวิวาท
  • saw: a tool used for cutting wood or metal - ใบมีด เลื่อย
  • shallow: not deep - ตื้น
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • sought (past tense of seek): tried to get/do something; asked for something - พยายามได้, พยายามได้มา
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • spotted (verb): seen; saw or noticed - สังเกตเห็น
  • stemmed from (verb): was/were caused by - เกิดจาก
  • strangle: to kill somebody by squeezing or pressing on their throat and neck - ฆ่าโดยการบีบคอ
  • surrender: to give yourself up - ยอมจำนน
  • suspects (noun): people who are thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • theft (noun): (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย
  • treatment: a way of behaving towards or dealing with a person or thing - การปฏิบัติ
  • trio (noun): a group of three people; a group of three - กลุ่มที่ประกอบด้วย 3 คน; กลุ่มที่ประกอบด้วย 3
  • turn themselves in: go to the police when they suspect you of a crime -
  • turn up (verb): to be found -
  • vacant: empty - ว่าง
  • victim: someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
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