Cop who shot Frenchman faces murder charges

Cop who shot Frenchman faces murder charges

A woman who witnessed the deadly quarrel between a Thai police officer and a French tourist, recounts the incident to the police at the Trendy Office & Plaza building on Soi Sukhumvit 13 in Bangkok. Ruamkatanyu Foundation
A woman who witnessed the deadly quarrel between a Thai police officer and a French tourist, recounts the incident to the police at the Trendy Office & Plaza building on Soi Sukhumvit 13 in Bangkok. Ruamkatanyu Foundation

The policeman who gunned down a French national in Bangkok yesterday has been dismissed from the police force and will be charged with murder.

Police say Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kantapong Huadsri, 49, of Lumpini station, killed 41-year-old Malik Djamel at the lobby of the Trendy Office & Plaza building on Soi Sukhumvit 13, after losing a drunken fist fight over the victim's girlfriend.

Jawanjira Nutakrai, the victim's 32-year-old girlfriend, said they were drinking at the bar together when Djamel became jealous of the policeman and the two men began to brawl.

Witnesses said the policeman lost the fight, but later followed Djamel back to the condominium, where he shot the Frenchman twice. Pol Sen Sgt Maj Kantapong fled the scene, but later turned himself in and confessed.

Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, immigration police commissioner, confirmed both men were drunk. He said the victim had been staying at the condominium for some months and was looking for a job.

Pol Lt Gen Sutthipong Wongpin, Bangkok police chief, said he would be charged with murder, and that the suspect had shot another person six years ago.


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