Banglamung, Pattaya —
The Chonburi Homeless Protection Center mourned over the gruesome murder of a homeless man in the center’s facility and vowed to enforce stricter inspections and bans on alcohol.
The director of the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Anukul Peedkaew, held a press conference last night, July 17th, to provide an update on the murder of a homeless man by another intoxicated homeless man in the Chonburi Homeless Protection Center in the early hours of the same day, Sunday, July 17th.
According to the director, the Chonburi Homeless Protection Center was grieving the incident and ready to accept responsibility. Initially, officials at the center contacted the victim’s relatives to take his body to perform religious rites while the suspect was still going through legal proceedings.
Anukul admitted that it was difficult to prevent a homeless person from smuggling alcohol into the facility because there were only two officials, a man and a woman, working shifts to oversee the facility. In addition, there were no security cameras in the facility due to human rights concerns. Officially, alcohol was banned at the center.
To address this issue, the director promised to impose a stricter inspection on alcohol by requesting law enforcement to regularly scrutinize homeless people who sought refuge at the facility to prevent a similar incident from reoccurring.
Anukul said the relatives of the victim would come and pick up his body on Tuesday, July 19th, to perform a religious rite at Wat Chong Lom in Chonburi province.
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