2 Teenagers Arrested For Khaosan Road Murder

Songkran celebration on Khaosan Road, 14 April 2014

BANGKOK – Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the lethal stabbing of an eighth-grade schoolboy on Khaosan Road during Songkran.

14-year old Rangsirit Pimpa was reportedly participating in water fights with his friends on Khaosan Road, which was crowded with Thai and foreign revelers, on 14 April when a fight broke out between his friends and a large group of teenagers in the area. 

Witnesses said three assailants set on Rangsirit, stabbing him in his neck. The boy was rushed to hospital but ultimately died from the wound.

The case attracted much attention after Rangsirit's sister published details about Rangsirit's death on the social network, asking the public and the media to help her family ensure the case is handled justly. 

Today Pol.Lt.Col. Somyot Udomraksasap, deputy commander of Chanasongkram Police Station, said the police have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder. The suspects are said to be 15 and 17 years old.

Pol.Lt.Col. Somyot said both suspects have been charged with manslaughter, carry of weapons into residential areas, and violation of the Internal Security Act.

The third man said to be involved in the murder has not been arrested as there is insufficient evidence to implicate his involvement, Pol.Lt.Col Somyot said.

The officer added that the arrested suspects have denied the allegation, but he said the police have ample evidence to prove their alleged crime. 

 

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