Water fights at Songkran turns rowdy
Three vicious murders marred Songkran celebrations in separate incidents around Thailand on Sunday.
In one, a 58-year-old man in Chumphon was clubbed to death by a drunken reveller for objecting to being drenched with water.
In another case in Bangkok, an underage member of an illegal motorcycle gang was shot dead and four others wounded when a rival gang opened fire after a Silom Road water fight turned deadly.
And in Satun, a man knifed a drunken reveller to death for allegedly molesting his sister during a water fight.
Wissanu Wilaikaew, 16, took a bullet to his left chest and four fellow gang members were shot and injured in a salvo fired by members of a rival gang, who approached them on 15 motorcycles on Sathorn Road, near Silom, at around 10pm.
In Chumphon, 58-year-old Piak Thongsakul was found dead, with Bt1,300 (RM129) apparently stolen. Quoting witnesses, police said Piak was on his way to a funeral when he was drenched with water by a man, estimated to be around 25 years of age, who had been throwing water at passers-by.
Meanwhile, a male transvestite was fined Bt500 (RM50) for dancing topless at a party in Ayutthaya, after relatives delivered him to police.
Sarawuth Sapharb, 20, was roundly criticised after video clips of him dancing were posted online.
Sarawuth begged for forgiveness from the public and called on Thai youths not to do as he had. He said he was drunk at the time, and succumbed to encouragement by cheering friends who goaded him into stripping off his T-shirt and dancing provocatively.
Photo credit: AFP, Reuters
Source: The Nation/ANN
Published April 16 2012