The daughter of village headman and Democrat Party canvasser was stabbed to death and her mother seriously wounded after coming to her aid following an attempted rape of the daughter in the family's Sawi district home in Chumphon early yesterday.
Police said the dead woman, whose name has been withheld, was stabbed 30 times.
Her mother, who was initially treated at Thung Tako Hospital before being transferred to the provincial hospital, suffered multiple hand and face wounds.
Na Sak police investigator Pol Lt-Colonel Jiroj Sathukan said police suspected a young drug addict tried to rape the daughter but she resisted and he stabbed her.
The mother reportedly told police that she was woken by her daughter’s screams at about 4am and saw a young male running from her daughter’s bedroom.
After she was attacked, the mother ran outside the house and called for help.
Neighbours reportedly saw the attacker flee.