It was about the imbecile vocational students and their feud that continues to kill some of them, and this I could not care about. But it is the innocent people caught in the crossfire that saddens me and angers me that the Thai government and police are just not doing enough to stop these tools.
Anyway, a reader commented and asked me this.
“Did you hear about the shootings in Ubon last week outside the university? Three dead I believe and a machine gun involved.”
I had heard about the shooting and The Nation Newspaper reported on it.
Police said yesterday they had arrested an Ubon Ratchathani University student, aged 24, who helped a Ranger friend shoot an M16 rifle at his schoolmates, resulting in three deaths and one injury on Friday night.
The suspect, Pratchayanan Niyom, confessed to the crime, saying that, prior to the drive-by shooting, he, his Ranger buddy Supachoke Pimpila and several friends drank at a restaurant in front of the university and got into a row with another group of students there.
Pratchayanan's group left but claimed they heard a shot at them from the student group. While on the way home, they spotted the student group drinking at a roadside pavilion.
Supachoke told Pratchayanan to slow down and shot at them. Supachoke then got off at Thung Sri Udom while Pratchayanan was later arrested. Police charged the student with conspiring with another to commit premeditated murder and illegally carrying a gun in a public place.
The university meanwhile paid initial assistance money of Bt50,000 to each family of the deceased.
Now from a very good source I have the truth of what happened. And again it seems that influence and power has diverted justice, at the moment.
This is a poster that the Law Faculty students of Ubon Ratchathani University have set up. It counts the number of days the killer is at large and will continue until the person is apprehended.
On the bottom of the poster it virtually says they were murdered using a weapon of war. And the police cannot arrest the murderer even though they know who he is.
It all started over an argument. There were two groups of people involved here. A group of students from the university and two other people. One a political science student named Pratchayanan Niyom and the other a border patrol policeman named Supachoke Pimpila.
The group of students complained to the bar owner as Pimpila was smoking in the bar. Smoking is illegal in many venues across Thailand and a fine of 2,000 baht can be issued but in fact the law is hardly ever enforced.
So the bar owner asked him to go outside and smoke and he replied in Thai rudely to what equates to “fu#k off.”
So the bar owner calls the police from their box not too far from the bar, they arrived and told him to smoke outside. He wasn’t happy but agreed to do this.
Pimpila on his way out of the bar, asked in general, “Who called the police?” The students said, “we did, so fuc# off” I have been told.
Pimpila was then heard to say, “I will get you!” as he left.
Niyom, the political science student was good friends with one of the law students, so they knew each other.
Pimpila had called Niyom as he was in Ubon Ratchathani visiting a friend who had been shot during one of the break outs of fighting in the idiotic Preah Vihan fiasco taking place at the border.
Pimpila and Niyom left the bar, but Pimpila went and picked up his M16 machine gun, returned to the bar and waited.
As the law students left, Pimpila opened fire. He killed the three students in the poster and injured one other.
He gunned down three people over an argument or harsh words about smoking.
Pimpila is the son of a senior army man I have been told, quite influential. Apparently Pimpila dropped out of army cadet school and was helped into a position by his father in the Border Patrol Poice.
Niyom was captured and is currently sitting in jail for his part in the murders, while Pimpila has fled like a gutless dog into the bush and for some reason no-one can find him.
If what above is true and I trust my source 100%, then power, money will mean he will probably never be caught. He could be across a border or in hiding for years to come.
My friend mentioned “the loss of face,” a Thai thing that I cannot get my head around and is just such a load of shit to me. This could be the reason Pimpila killed the students.
Losing face in Thailand is meant to be a big thing and people have been killed for it many times.
In January 2010 a German was stabbed to death on Phuket, he apparently tooted his horn at kids who cut him off on motorbikes; they followed him and stabbed him to death.
In September 2010 a Thai Bangkok bus driver was shot by a Thai man after he refused to stop outside a certain Soi, the reason being there was no bus stop there. The driver made comments that angered the passenger who eventually got off the bus, then went home, got his gun, found the bus and shot the driver.
In January a German man was shot in Chang Mai, he weaved his motorbike between traffic; one Thai motorist objected, got out of his car at traffic lights, pushed the German off his bike and shot him twice in the back. The German apparently gave the man the middle finger. They arrested the man at a later date.
What is “loss of face?” That is question so many people cannot answer, even Thais.
Say, you get a bad meal at a restaurant, you are just meant to grin, not eat it, pay and leave and never return. You are not meant to, complain to the waitress, as she or he has to then tell the chef who will ‘lose face’ and this could cause conflict.
A car is driving the wrong way down a street as it is a short cut to the little street or soi. You are meant to grin and say “Mai Pen Rai” (never mind) and just go on your way. You are not meant to, toot your horn, yell obscenities, make rude gestures at the person. As this is a loss of face.
You get bad customer service at a shop; you do not call the manager as the person who is losing face will probably want to kill you.
You never yell or scream no matter the situation, how wrong the situation or other person is. You are meant to grin and just walk away. The mai pen rai system.
The loss of face thing is absolute bullshit to me and I am sure many other foreigners. Maybe someone can explain it to me better, so I can at least try and get my head around it a little, but I doubt it.
I believe it is one of the things holding Thai society back, stopping progression into modern times. Look, road rage isn’t a good thing but giving a person a piece of your mind because they have done something dangerous is not a bad thing. Telling a chef the meal you got if not up to standard, is not a bad thing.
But that is just me. There are good things about the passive Thai system as I call it, but also many bad things as well. It is getting the balance right that would be hard to find.
As for above, I hope the Law Faculty of Ubon Ratchathani University keep pushing the police until Pimpila is caught and sentenced to death. This is the punishment he deserves. Sadly if caught and he pleads guilty the death penalty will not be given, another ridiculous part of Thai law enabling criminals who confess get much more lenient sentences.
A classic example of a policeman called Somchai Visetsing, he murdered two foreigners, Vanessa Arscott, 24, and her boyfriend Adam Lloyd, 25.
The couple dined at a restaurant he owned, apparently Vanessa went to the toilet and returned crying as Somchai had followed her.
She left to return to their accommodation while Adam argued and then fought with Somchai.
Adam left to catch up to Vanessa but Somchai was in hot pursuit. He shot Adam then ran down Vanessa as she tried to flee. Then he shot her as well.
Somchai confessed he murdered the couple.
“He said he shot Mr Lloyd after an argument in which the Briton allegedly spat in his face. He ran down Ms Arscott, who was trying to block his escape by car (she was running away), and dragged her along the road for about 200 metres before stopping, getting out of the vehicle, and firing three bullets into her as she tried to crawl away.”
When he understood he was still facing the death penalty he retracted his confession saying it was under duress and someone else murdered the couple but didn’t know the person’s name (apparently Mr Ya).
Thankfully the judge believed his confession but because he had a good record as a policeman (he won ‘Policeman of the Year’ two years running in Kanchanaburi Province), and originally confessed to the crime, plus co-operated with police, the death penalty was converted to “life.”
Earlier this year there were reports of Somchai being seen in different locations across Thailand. This came about from internet forums and reports of sightings on the murderer.
He is meant to be serving his two life sentences in Khaobin Supermax Prison in Ratchaburi Province.
Thailand’s Department of Corrections denied this and said he was safely locked away.
What did sadden me was the mentioning of the possible release date for Somchai of being 2037, that is too soon. He would be 71 years of age on release but in reality was sentenced 33 years for Alex’s murder and “life” for Vanessa’s.
He should not be breathing, as simple as that.