Policeman arrested for killing school director

Policeman arrested for killing school director

YALA - A border patrol policeman has been arrested for the murder of a school director at a grocery shop in Yala's Muang district on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Pol Col Chamlong Suwalak, chief of Muang district police, said the questioning of Adisak Asae, an employee of the grocery shop who witnessed the killing, led to the arrest of Pol L/Cpl Nirun Im-erb, 26, attached to Border Patrol Police Unit 34, which is based in Tak's Mae Sot district.

Pol L/Cpl Nirun had been assigned to man a checkpoint at Ban Malayu Bangkok in the Yala Municipality.

He was arrested at the checkpoint on Wednesday night and his .38 pistol seized by a combined team of police and administrative officials.  

Three other policemen manning the checkpoint said that  about 5pm on Wednesday Pol L/Cpl Nirun asked for permission to go to a toilet at the market of the Yala provincial administration organisation.  

At the market, Pol L/Cpl Nirun went into the grocery shop and shot  dead Saho Muleng, director of Tabing Tingi School in tambon Lubo Yirai in Pattani's Mayo district.  Saho was helping his wife in her shop after work.

His colleagues said Pol L/Cpl had just returned from leave and had appeared under stress because of a family problem.

He was initially charged with murder and detained at the Yala police station for further questioning to establish the motive of the killing.

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