Twin says mistakenly blamed for brother's crime

Twin says mistakenly blamed for brother's crime

Surveillance camera photo of a man seen attacking a woman on Nikhom-Lat Wai Road in Bang Sao Thong district, Samut Prakan, in the evening of Aug 3. (Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)
Surveillance camera photo of a man seen attacking a woman on Nikhom-Lat Wai Road in Bang Sao Thong district, Samut Prakan, in the evening of Aug 3. (Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A 32-year-old man has complained that he lost his job and faced condemnation for a crime committed by his twin brother, whose name is very similar.

Patiphan Kaeoyaem, of Huai Thalaeng district, said on Wednesday he had been sacked from his job at a wholesale company and he and his family cursed by neighbours after erroneous reports he faced an arrest warrant for assaulting his former wife in Samut Prakan province last week.

Reports mistakenly identifying him as the suspect, along with his name and his picture, were carried on  the news, he said.

But the real suspect was his twin brother Patiphat Kaeoyaem, Mr Patiphan said.

He said he and his brother were separated when they were two months old. Poverty forced his mother to give his brother to his aunt, who adopted and raised him in Samut Prakan.

Mr Patiphat lived in Bang Sao Thong district of Samut Prakan, Mr Patiphan said. Police had already changed the name on the arrest warrant from Patiphan to Patiphat, Mr Patiphan said.

The suspect faces a charge of attempted murder and was still at large. 

The alleged attack happened on Nikhom-Lat Wai Road in Bang Sao Thong on the evening of Aug 3.

Mr Patiphat allegedly waited for about 20 minutes for his 48-year-old estranged wife, who was a maid at a local factory. He allegedly punched her and attacked her about the face, ears and wrists with a knife before other people intervened. Police said she was in a stable condition in hospital.

Patiphan Kaeoyaem speaks to reporters in Huai Thalaeng district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Wednesday. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)


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