Murder/suicide in Sa Kaeo involving husband and wife

Sa Kaeo-

A 61 year old Thai man and his 44 year old wife are both dead after what Sa Kaeo police are calling a murder/suicide incident in Sa Kaeo.

The incident was first reported at around 6:00 AM yesterday morning near Saeng Rungrueang Village 2 in the Ban Mai Nong Sai Subdistrict. Police Lieutenant Colonel Thaksin Ngamwong-Roi-rowan and associated rescue personnel were the first to respond to the scene.

44 year old Mrs. Nuengthai Klomkraok was found deceased in front of her home with a knife embedded in her neck. She had been killed in front of a vehicle in the middle of the street.

Mr. Somsong Phiket, age 62, was identified as the culprit by witnesses and the son of Mrs. Nuengthai, Mr Decha Chaiboonchang, 26. Somsong had reportedly sat on the road and observed rescue workers when they first arrived at the scene but then fled on a motorbike as law enforcement arrived.

Somsong was found a short time later in a wooded area nearby, having reportedly consumed a large amount of herbicide. Police stated his cause of death was death by suicide.

Decha, the son of the deceased woman, said that the couple fought often. He also alleged this was not the first time that Somsong had taken a knife to his mother. Somsong reportedly believed that his wife was having an affair with a younger man and had also been distraught over personal health issues and legal issues stemming from a recent drunk driving accident, according to Decha.

The exact cause of the dispute was still under investigation by police as of press time.

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