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Monk fatally shot after breaking into shop

A medic helps severely wounded Phra Winai Sutthiyano after he was shot while burgling a grocery shop in Ubon Ratana district of Khon Kaen province early Wednesday morning. The monk later died. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)

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KHON KAEN: A monk who broke into a store to get soap and talcum powder in the early hours of Wednesday morning was shot and fatally wounded by the alarmed owner.

The burglary and shooting at Ban Than Tawan was reported to police at about 3am.  Shop owner Theerapol Theparos was waiting and immdiately handed over a shotgun when police arrived. 

Phra Winai Sutthiyano, 48, was lying on the floor inside the shop, bleeding heavily. He was rushed by ambulance to Ubon Ratana Hospital, and declared dead on arrival. 

Mr Theerapol told police he fired through a door at a burglar, unaware that it was a monk he saw most days in the village. 

The shop owner said he was asleep in another room and heard noises coming from the shop. "I called out, thinking it might be someone I knew, but there was no answer," he said. 

"When I tried to open the door into the shop, something held it shut," he said. Fearing for the safety of his family, he fired his shotgun through the closed door into the store, Mr Theerapol said.

When he then managed to open the door, he found a monk collapsed on the floor on the other side. 

Police said two bars of soap and a can of talcum powder from the shop were found in the monk's bag. 

The monk was from Wat Manee Sila-art in the same village. Police were looking into why he felt the need to break into the store at 3am. 

Police said the shop owner was initially held for intentionally causing the death of another person, although a preliminary investigation showed he had no intention to kill the monk.

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bleeding : losing blood, especially from a wound or an injury - เลือดออก

burglar : someone who enters a building illegally in order to steal things (the crime is known as burglary) - ผู้ร้ายย่องเบา, คนลักขโมยของ,

burglary (noun): the crime of entering a building illegally and stealing things from it - การบุกเข้ามาขโมยของในอาคาร/บ้าน

collapse : to fall down suddenly - พังลงมา  ล้ม, พังครืน

declare : to announce officially that something is true or happening - ประกาศ ยืนยัน

intention : a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ

intentionally : deliberately; done purposely - อย่างตั้งใจ

shotgun (noun): gun that fires a lot of small metal bullets (called shot) and is used especially for shooting birds or animals - ปืนลูกซอง

talcum powder (noun): a soft white powder made from talc that you sometimes put on your body after having a bath or a shower - แป้งโรยตัวและทาหน้า


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