A DRUNKEN man first slashed both his daughter-in-law’s legs then locked the house and set it on fire where she burned to death in Nakhon Si Thammarat province this afternoon (June 8), Thai Rath newspaper said.
Pol. Lt. Col. Montree Wannakong, an investigator at Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat station, together with other policemen, a forensic officer, a doctor from Maharaj Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital and Tai Tek Tung Foundation rescuers quickly went to crime scene to investigate.
There they saw that the house at the rear of the compound was completely gutted with the charred body of the deceased daughter-in-law, Ms. Noramon Ketkaew, 29, lying near the doorway.
Her father-in-law, Mr. Lek Khunrat, 60, had not escaped and was standing nearby the burnt house while still intoxicated.
Upon being questioned, the suspect being drunk did not speak very coherently but did manage to relate that he quarrelled with his daughter-in-law almost everyday and today there was an argument in front of the village headman.
He added that in anger he used a machete to slash both her legs around the knees. She then tried to escape from the rear of the house but he locked the door to prevent her from coming out.
After that a fire engulfed the house but the suspect denied setting it on fire stating that he did not know how it had started.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Somchai Suetorkrakoon, head of Nakhon Si Thammarat police, said although the suspect has admitted to injuring his daughter-in-law but not setting fire to the house he is confident his team will be able to gather evidence to prosecute him.
Her husband, Mr. Kanokphong Khunrat, 30, who works at cutting and collecting palm fruit, wept when he saw his wife’s body. He told police that they had been together for 10 years but did not have any children.
However his father who liked to drink alcohol and his wife were constantly quarrelling but this time it turned very violent and he killed her and that he never imagined that his father would do this to his daughter-in-law.
The suspect being questioned by the police. Photo: Thai Rath