Illegal overseas worker kills daughter, 10

Sitthanan, 25, is seen on a local CCTV video riding a motorcycle with his daughter in Uttaradit on April 8.
Sitthanan, 25, is seen on a local CCTV video riding a motorcycle with his daughter in Uttaradit on April 8.

A former illegal overseas migrant worker has been placed on suicide watch after being arrested for killing his 10-year-old daughter at a resort in Uttaradit, police said on Thursday.

Sitthanan (surname not given), 25, was caught on Wednesday while on the run after murdering his daughter, Koi, on Monday.

Police said Mr Sitthanan confessed to the killing, saying he had been under pressure from having gone overseas to work illegally and being deported back to Thailand.

The illegal employment resulted in a large amount of debt, which he was unable to repay. Believing there was no way out of his financial predicament, he decided to kill his daughter and then himself.

However, when the time came, he became fearful about killing himself.

Police have been keeping watch on Mr Sitthanan around the clock as he is thought to be a suicide risk.

According to police, Mr Sitthanan had planned the murder for at least two days before taking Koi from his parents’ home in Laplae district to a resort in Muang district.

There, Mr Sitthanan smothered his daughter with a pillow before cutting her wrists.

He then fled on a motorcycle to Tha Pla, where police caught him.


  • confessed (verb): admitted to having committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • debt (noun): an amount of money that you owe - หนี้, นี้สิน
  • deport: to send someone out of a country, usually because they do not have a legal right to be there - เนรเทศออกจากประเทศ, ส่งตัวกลับประเทศ
  • fearful: frightening; making you feel afraid - น่าหวาดกลัว
  • flee (past form: fled) (verb): to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger or consequences - หนี
  • migrant worker: someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work - คนงานต่างถิ่น
  • on the run: running away from something , such as the police -
  • predicament: a difficult or unpleasant situation, especially one where it is difficult to know what to do - สภาพกลืนไม่เข้าคายไม่ออก
  • pressure: a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation - ความกดดัน
  • smother (verb): to kill somebody by covering their face so that they cannot breathe - ทำให้หายใจไม่ได้, ทำให้ตาย
  • suicide: the action of deliberately killing yourself - การฆ่าตัวตาย
  • wrist: the part of your body between your hand and your arm - ข้อมือ
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