Drug dispute ruled out in probe of Jakkrit murder, police say
Metropolitan Police chief Lt-General Camronwit Toopgrajank said yesterday that a drug conflict had been ruled out as a possible motive for the shooting murder of Olympian marksman Jakkrit Panichpatikum.
A meeting of case investigators deduced that Jakkrit, 40, had a record of drug abuse but was not a dealer and had no clashes with his suppliers, so a separate probe was launched to arrest those pushers and their drug ring.
Police are now focusing on three other possible motives with equal weight -involving the Buddha-amulet trade, Thai shooting association and the victim's family and should narrow them down to one by tomorrow, Camronwit said.
Last Saturday, two men on a motorcycle fatally shot Jakkrit while he was driving his Porsche in Bangkok's Min Buri district. He was pronounced dead at Seriruk Hospital. Police have offered a Bt200,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the two killers.