Police investigation of Phuket Vegetarian Festival shooting murder leads to arrest of two armed 18-year-olds

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police yesterday arrested two 18-year-old suspects and seized guns and amunition from a house in Kathu, but have yet to charge the boys in connection with the Vegetarian Festival shooting murder.

The two 18-year-old suspects have not yet been charged with murder of the 15-year-old.

The arrests were made as part of the investigation into the murder of a 15 year old boy, gunned down during the final procession of Vegetarian Festival finale early on October 22. See original story here.

Under the command of Phuket Police Deputy Commander Colonel Pirayut Karachedi, officers yesterday raided a house in Kathu’s Moo 4 locale, where they arrested the two 18-year-olds, seizing two guns, seven bullets and a holster.

Thanaphon “Jay Wunwhai” Chusawat of Kathu – whose nickname in English literally means “Anxious Jay” – was found in possession of a registered .38 caliber revolver and one matching holster, and charged with unauthorized possession of a weapon registered to someone else, as well as entering a village or public place armed without a permit or necessity.

My Chinkrit “Hom Wunwai” Kerdthong – “Hom the Unsteady” – of Kathu was arrested with a homemade “pen gun” along with seven.38 calibre bullets, and charged with possession of a gun, and bringing a gun into a village or public place without a permit or necessity.

It is understood that the two suspects were identified by a 16-year-old named only as “Joey”.

Police have yet to charge the suspects for the murder or clarify the 16-year-old’s connection to the case.

Bullet casings found at the site of the shooting were 9mm calibre.