Youths confess to ‘shoot to kill’ in Phuket tourism pier slaying, say police

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two youths have been arrested for the fatal shooting of one man and injuring another at Chalong Pier, a major jump-off point for Phuket tourists visiting nearby islands, last Friday night (August 28).

Ekkasit Kongsamuk (left), 18, and Kawatchai Tingwai, 21, confessed to intending to shoot to kill, said police. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Isayat Malee, 28, from Narathiwat, died from a gunshot wound fired at close range in the car park at Chalong Pier last Friday. His friend Amdee Jaolaeh, 19, from Pattani, was wounded in the attack. (See story here.)

“Police arrested Ekkasit Kongsamuk, 18, from Trang, and Phuket native Kawatchai Tingwai, 21, yesterday,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pachara Boonyasit told a press conference today (Sept 1).

“They confessed that they fully intended to shoot to kill when they opened fire,” he said, though both suspects remained silent throughout the press conference at Phuket Provincial Police Station, in Phuket Town, today.

The pair were found in possession of a 9mm Glock, a 9mm magazine and a total of 19 bullets

and drug paraphernalia, Gen Pachara said.

Ekkasit and Kawatchai have been charged with premeditated murder, illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm in public, he added.

“Kawatchai confessed to firing the gun,” Gen Pachara said.

The motive behind the shooting seems to be nothing more than personal conflict.

“The main reason of this shooting case is that they did not like each other,” Gen Pachara said. “They started arguing and the victim [Isayat] raised his voiced against the shooter.”