Myanmar maid suicide questioned

Myanmar maid suicide questioned

The family of the dead Myanmar womanshows her photo while an official of the Myanmar embassy speaks to reporters on the suspicious death at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Police photo)
The family of the dead Myanmar womanshows her photo while an official of the Myanmar embassy speaks to reporters on the suspicious death at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Police photo)

A Myanmar family has asked the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on Tuesday to probe the death of its youngest child at her employer's house in Ratchaburi province as they have doubts about local police's suicide report.

Aung Ko Than, a labour official at the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, brought Pala, 47, and her daughter Lu Kwa, 22, to the CSD headquarters in Bangkok to seek an investigation into the death of Wan Papiaw, 17, whom police in Ban Pong district of Ratchaburi described as suicide on Aug 6. The family believed she was murdered.

Miss Lu Kwa said she and her younger sister had worked as maids for the same employer in Ban Pong and had always been pressured and verbally abused over their work.

Miss Lu Kwa fled the house late on Aug 6 and learned the next day her sister was found dead at the house.

She was not convinced by local police's conclusion that her sister had committed suicide with the employer's gun. She said her sister did not know how to use a pistol and it was unlikely she had access to the weapon.

Mr Ko Than said Wan was left-handed but the wound was on the right temple. Besides, there were two spent shells at the scene, raising the question whether it was possible for the woman to fire twice at herself, he said.

The Myanmar official also said that the gun found at the scene was black but later local police's report indicated it was silver-grey.

Besides, he complained that the body had not been examined in compliance with regulations. The Myanmar Embassy tried unsuccessfully to seek more information from interrogators at the Ban Pong police station.

Receiving the complaint, Pol Col Pumin Pumpanmouang, a CSD superintendent, said CSD investigators would go to the crime scene to check the case.


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