Drug-crazed son burns down home

Drug-crazed son burns down home

The remains of the torched house in Chatturat district, Chaiyaphum, on Wednesday. (Photos: Makkawan Wannakul)
The remains of the torched house in Chatturat district, Chaiyaphum, on Wednesday. (Photos: Makkawan Wannakul)

A drug addict burned down his 86-year-old great-grandmother's house, leaving her, his mother and three girls homeless, and threatened to kill them.

The five women now live together in a shelter in Chaiyaphum. They earn a small income selling eggs from ducks they care for.

Nat Chokesiri, 58, said on Wednesday that she had been living with her 86-year-old mother, a 16-year-old niece and two granddaughters, aged 15 and 3 years, in a shelter with no clean water since Dec 3.

Last Friday, her drug-addled son had threatened their lives and torched their house.

"All we could save from the burning house were diapers for my 3-year-old granddaughter and a handful of other things," she said.

She said her son Prapat Phunkhunthod, 37, was arrested.

The family were too afraid to return to their destroyed home, because her son had threatened to kill them if he was released, Ms Nat said.

Vocabulary

  • addled (adj): confused; unable to think clearly - สับสน; ไม่สามารถที่จะคิดอย่างชัดเจน
  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • destroy (verb): to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc - ทำลาย
  • diapers (noun): soft cloth or other thick material that is folded around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and hold its body waste - ผ้าอ้อม, ผ้าอ้อมเด็ก
  • niece: a daughter of your brother or sister, or a daughter of your husband’s or wife’s brother or sister - หลานสาว
  • shelter: a place where people are protected from danger or bad weather; a temporary place to stay - ที่หลบภัย  ที่พักชั่วคราว
  • threaten: to say you might or will do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - ขู่
  • torch: to deliberately set on fire - วางเพลิง
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