– Sunthorn Treekun : “Thai Man Kills Uncle Due to Mental Illness, Commits Suicide: Police”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Mental illness is suspected to be the motive behind a brutal murder that took place in Krabi, a province in southern Thailand. The incident occurred when a Thai man, identified as 35-year-old Somkiat Duangchan, killed his uncle, 65-year-old Sunthorn Treekun, at their home. The trigger for the murder was reportedly a complaint made by the uncle about loud goat noises.

The incident was reported to the Lam Thap Police Station on November 29. Upon receiving the report, officers and a rescue team quickly arrived at the scene, Sunthorn’s residence in Tung Krai Thong sub-district. They discovered the victim’s lifeless body outside, with a severe wound to his neck that almost decapitated him. Additional injuries were also found on the left side of his head and back. Sunthorn’s body was found near the family’s pickup truck.

Somkiat, the nephew and the suspected killer, had hidden inside the house after the murder, still holding a knife. The family informed the police about his presence, but officers initially found the front door locked. They decided to enter through the back entrance, prepared for a possible attack. However, they found Somkiat’s lifeless body hanging from a curved steel pattern of the front door. The knife used in the murder was discovered next to his body.

The motive for the murder remains unclear. Somkiat’s father, Sompong Duangchan, stated that he was unaware of any conflicts between his son and Sunthorn in the past. According to Sompong, he and Sunthorn had gone out to find grass for their cows. When they returned home, Sunthorn complained about the noisy goats, and without any warning, Somkiat attacked him with a knife. Sompong was unsure if the attack was related to the complaint.

Family members revealed that Somkiat had withdrawn from friends and society in recent months, raising suspicions of mental illness among the police. Further investigation will be conducted to determine if his mental state played a role in the murder.

This tragic incident highlights the importance of addressing mental health issues and seeking help when needed. If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please reach out to the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline at 02 713 6791 (English) or 02 713 6793 (Thai). The Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai) is also available for support. Remember, it’s crucial to seek help and not hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or professionals if you experience feelings of loneliness, stress, or depression.

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