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Thai monk killed daughter's Brit boyfriend, court told

London - A Thai monk stabbed his daughter's British boyfriend to death after he saw him trying to strangle her outside the home they all shared, a London coroner's court heard Wednesday.

Son Chantee twice plunged a 30-centimetre (12-inch) kitchen knife into Mark Jones, 42, after his daughter Saichai pleaded for his help at the house in Pakchong, 75 miles (120 kilometres) north-east of Bangkok.

Southwark Coroner's Court was told that Jones and his partner, who had a one-year-old son together, were "extremely happy" until her father moved into the house and tensions developed between the two men.

Late last March, Jones returned home from a heavy drinking session and made a loud noise expressing dissatisfaction, according to a statement from Son Chantee read out in court.

When Saichai Chantee walked out of the house, Jones followed her, put his hands around her throat and said: "I'm going to kill you," the court was told.

Son Chantee said he rushed to help his daughter after she cried: "Dad, I cannot breathe any more" but could not see where he was thrusting the knife, which pierced Jones's back, because it was dark.

He claims he did not want to kill Jones, only to free his daughter.

Coroner John Sampson recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Son Chantee is facing a murder trial in Thailand.

Agence France Presse








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