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Phuket police launch manhunt for cabbie over alleged murder

Mar 08. 2019
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By Salinee Prap
The Nation

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The Phuket provincial court has issued an arrest warrant for taxi driver Paradorn Phuchaiyan, 49, for allegedly murdering a fellow taxi driver in Phuket’s Kathu district on Thursday, Patong precinct superintendent Pol Colonel Anothai Jindamanee said on Friday.

The suspect, who hails from Surat Thani, is wanted for premeditated murder and for carrying a gun in a public place. Anothai said police are still looking for him, though he is believed to have left the province. 

Paradorn allegedly shot dead Songpol Suwansa-ard, 46, after a heated argument that escalated into a fistfight, before Paradorn went home to get his pistol and returned to allegedly shoot Songpol. The victim later succumbed to his injuries. 

Police suspect the argument stemmed from a personal conflict or a dispute over taxi queues.

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