Indebted transport entrepreneur shoots self as virus crisis takes toll
In yet another case of suspected Covid-related suicide, a transport entrepreneur allegedly shot himself in the head at 1pm on Monday (July 13) as his wife looked on in horror.
The incident took place in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district, where Sukhothai-native Ritthichai Lekkul, 37, was found dead in his Toyota pick-up outside a warehouse.
The police found the deceased’s wife hugging his body. She passed out and had to be sent to a hospital while officers collected 11mm pistol rounds spotted in the car.
Sawang Lekkul, the dead man’s mother, 61, said her son had established the company Ritthichai Transport with his three other brothers.
They had seven trucks bought with a Bt1.7-million loan, but after the business was hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis, Ritthichai became stressed.
His body was sent to the Royal Police Hospital for an autopsy.