PHUKET: Killer released on bail for gunning down two rival motorcycle taxi drivers in January at Phuket Bus Station 2, north of Phuket Town, struck again in January, killing another motorcycle taxi driver at the interprovincial bus station late last night (December 4).
Police were called to the bus station at 10:30 p.m., where they were shown where the victim, Champa Wanchan, 54, was gunned down as she sat on a white plastic chair in the motorcycle taxi parking lot.
By the time the police arrived, Mr. Champa had been rushed to Mission Hospital Phuket, before being transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Officers, led by Colonel Bandit Khaosutham, head of the Phuket Provincial Police’s Investigation Division, found two bullet casings on the ground next to the bloodstained chair.
Somnuek Kongterm, a motorcycle taxi driver who witnessed the shooting, told police that Vean Aiadchuthong, well known at the bus station for shooting a rival motorcycle taxi driver in January, arrived with his son. and approached to confront Mr. Champa, who remained seated in his chair.
Only a few words were said before Vean pulled out a handgun and fired several times, shooting Mr. Champa at close range. Mr. Champa was shot in the chest and once in the right temple.
Vean’s son ordered those who witnessed the shooting to return home, before he and his father fled, Mr Somnuek said.
Police in Phuket Town confirmed that they returned Vean to custody around 11:30 p.m. after meeting him at his residence near the old Phang Nga Rd bus station in Phuket Town.
Vean, a native of Trang Province and owner of the car rental and travel company Wang Wiset Travel Service Co, was taken to Phuket Town Police Station for treatment.
He was released on bail in April after he shot dead two men – Prakob Chuthong, 54, a resident of Pa Khlok, and Yod Sae Lee, 50, also from Trang – at the main bus terminal north of Phuket Town in January.
Vean had been released on bail so he could prepare his defense against the charges against him for the murders, although police confirmed that he had initially confessed to the murders.
Mr Champa’s daughter Ms Wassana, 17, said she had no idea what prompted Wian to kill her father.
People familiar with Vean and his two victims in January also said they were not aware of any conflict between the motorcycle taxi drivers that would lead to the killings.
A lot of people at the bus station at the time described him as “a nice guy”.