On Tuesday, Pisutsiri Chansoda, a 42-year-old man from Khon Kaen’s Ban Fang district, was arrested in Chachoengsao province for the premeditated murder of his wife, Nathanan Joomfong.
She was brutally murdered at the Bang Pu Industrial Estate in Muang district on Monday, where witnesses reported seeing her being doused with petrol and set on fire by Pisutsiri, who then stabbed her to death.
The attack was allegedly motivated by jealousy, as Pisutsiri discovered that his wife was chatting with another man online.
After the murder, Pisutsiri fled the scene in a white Mitsubishi pickup, which was later found parked on Theparat road near the bridge across the Bang Pakong river in Bang Pakong district.
Upon arresting him, police found the knife believed to have been used in the murder and other personal belongings in the vehicle. Pisutsiri reportedly confessed to the crime and was taken into custody for legal proceedings.
Witnesses reported that they saw the pickup arrive at the scene of the crime, and a woman wearing only a towel ran towards them, seeking help. Pisutsiri then approached her with a container of petrol and set her on fire before stabbing her with a knife. The victim fled into a water-filled ditch, where she died from her wounds. One of the witnesses was also burned while trying to protect her and was later hospitalized.
Pisutsiri was apprehended by a team led by Pol Lt Col Tulchai Somjai, the deputy chief investigator of Bang Pu police, who had a warrant for his arrest from the Samut Prakan Court on charges of premeditated murder and carrying a weapon in public.