The Krabi Provincial Court on Wednesday sentenced “Bang Fut” and five other convicts to death for the execution-style murders of eight members of a family that shocked the nation last year.
The ruling by the court was witnessed by the Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda at the court room packed with families of the victims and the defendants, and amid tight police guards outside the courtroom where over a hundred people gathered to hear the court’s judgement.
Sentenced to death was Bang Fut or Surifath Bannopwongsakul, 42, the mastermind behind the murders of Krabi village head Worayuth Sunglung and seven of his family members on July 10 last year.
The five others sentenced to death were Komsan Wiangnon, 41, Prajak Boontoy, 36, Abdulloh Doloh, 30, Arun Thongkham, 29, and Thanachai Jamnong, 41.
Two other defendants, Tawatchai Boonkong, 37, was sentenced to one year and nine months, and Chalita Sangchote, 41, the only female defendant, was given one year in prison.
The court sentenced the six convicts to death after finding their murders were brutal and said there was no reason to commute the sentence, although they have confessed to the murders.
According to the over 2,000-page case file, Bang Fut had a serious dispute with Worayuth after he failed to return land-title deeds to the latter. These deeds were initially submitted as collateral. But even after Worayuth repaid the debts, Bang Fut did not return the deeds.
The two men made threats against each other over this dispute. Due to the threats made by Worayuth, Bang Fad had to move away from his hometown and faced trouble collecting repayments from his other local debtors.
Bang Fut then planned to kill Worayuth. Two previous attempts failed, while a third attempt on Worayuth’s life was planned with Komsan Wiangnon