Phuket teen slain for love

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police have charged two men for the shooting murder of a 16-year-old at Suan Luang public park in Phuket Town yesterday afternoon (August 31).

Natchapon Sittichot, 22, confessed to firing the fatal shot. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Natthakan Wongtom was shot in the chest during a gang fight at the popular park at 4:30pm.

Within two hours, Phuket City Police had arrested Natchapon Sittichot, 22, and Anaphat Chanttharat, 18, for the slaying.

The pair were found in possession of an .38 handgun and matching bullets. Natchapon was presented to the press today.

Natchapon confessed to firing the fatal shot during a brawl with other students at the park, said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Pachara Boonyasit.

All students involved in the affray study at the same local high school, he said, but declined to name the school.

“Police have yet to confirm that the brawl started over a romantic interest,” Gen Pachara added.

The brawl continued, but when it was becoming apparent that Anaphat was about to lose, Natchapon pulled out the gun and fired a shot into the sky.

Then he fired again, this time into the melee, where the bullet struck Natthakan in the chest.

Natchapon and Anaphat have both been charged with affray causing death and remain in custody awaiting their appearance in court.

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