Mentally-ill man knifes five boys to death

Mentally-ill man knifes five boys to death

Photo by Wassayos Ngamkham
Photo by Wassayos Ngamkham

CHIANG MAI — A man reportedly suffering from a mental disorder was arrested after he allegedly stabbed and slashed five boys, four of them related, to death at a home in Chai Prakan district on Sunday.

A team of soldiers and policemen were alerted to the killings at a house owned by Yeekor Sae Jern, 33, in Mai Nong Bua village of Nong Bua sub-district at 1pm. 

Chai Prakan police investigator Pol Lt Gen Sombat Kalasook said the incident occurred when five boys aged between eight and ten were playing in the house and Mrs Yeekor, the mother of one of the boys, was not home.   

Arsapa Seewua, a 24-year-old Lisor hilltribe man who lives at his father’s home next door, came to Mrs Yeekor’s home and attacked the boys with a butcher's knife. Police found three of the five boys in the house while the fourth was in front of the house’s gate. He may have tried to run away from the killer. 

Another boy succumbed to his injuries at Chai Prakan hospital.

Mrs Yeekor, who is pregnant, heard the boys’ loud cries from inside the house and went to see what was happening. She tried to fight Mr Arsapa but was knifed and sustained serious injuries. 

Residents helped catch Mr Arsapa and beat him up before alerting the police. 

Pol Lt Gen Sombat said Mr Arsapa had undergone continual treatment for mental problems at a hospital in Muang district and was released from the hospital about a month ago. Mr Arsapa may have been upset by the boys’ loud noise before the brutal murders, he said.     

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