Five suspects in Krabi mass murder arrested

Five suspects have been arrested for alleged involvement in the murder village headman Worayut Sanglang and seven of his family members in Ao Luek district of Krabi on July 11.

Deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Office, Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, told the media late Saturday that the suspects had confessed to the murders because of conflicts over debt and land.

After their arrest, the five suspects were taken to the 15th infantry battalion’s barrack in Klong Thom district for temporary detention.

The national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, flew from Bangkok to Krabi at about 11 pm Saturday night to closely supervise legal proceedings after being informed of the arrest of the five suspects who identities were not disclosed last night.

It was reported that the national police chief led the suspects to Nai Ngob village in Muang district to examine an oil palm plantation where Worayut’s stolen Totyota Yaris was suspected to be burned to conceal the evidence.

The policemen also went to another spot where guns used in the killings and other evidences were buried.

The police chief later told the media that the perpetrators were not soldiers or policemen as speculated, but they were civilians who dressed up in camouflage outfits to look like men in uniform.

However, Pol Gen Chakthip will hold a press conference at about 1 pm today (Sunday).

Police also found a white Toyota Yaris used by the perpetrators when the raided Worayut’s house and held his family members hostage until the arrival of the village headman.  The perpetrators later shot all their captives, killing Worayut and seven of his family members.   Luckily, a few survived but were injured.