Grocer admits to self-defence killing

Grocer admits to self-defence killing

Neighbours gather in front of a store after Sudrak Noodaeng was shot dead in Bang Khan district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Sunday. Shop owner Thamthep Rodkong told police the man charged at him with a knife and he fired his gun in self-defence. (Photo:  Nujaree Raekrun)
Neighbours gather in front of a store after Sudrak Noodaeng was shot dead in Bang Khan district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Sunday. Shop owner Thamthep Rodkong told police the man charged at him with a knife and he fired his gun in self-defence. (Photo: Nujaree Raekrun)

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A 29-year-old grocer surrendered to police on Monday and admitted shooting dead a man he said attacked him with a knife in Bang Khan district on Sunday.

Thamthep Rodkong, of Moo 4 village in tambon Ban Lamnao, gave himself up to Pol Col Somporn Pruesawanich, the Bang Khan police chief, on Monday morning.

He said Sudrak Noodaeng, 35, was holding a big knife and charged at him in a life-threatening manner in front of his grocery store on Sunday. He fired his gun in self-defence. Sudrak fell dead.

Mr Thamthep said he panicked and fled into the forest, where he threw away the gun. He later decided to surrender.

Police went into the forest on Monday, but did not find the gun. Pol Col Somporn said someone might have found and taken it, not knowing it had been used in a fatal shooting.

Pol Col Somporn said Mr Thamthep had a quarrel with Sudrak's father over a water pump.

Mr Thamthep was charged initially with murder. He denied the charge and was released on 500,000-baht bail pending further action. 


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