September 01, 2012 00:00 By The Nation Nakhon Ratchasima
The man who allegedly shot dead an MP's son in a road-rage incident claimed yesterday that he did it in self-defence because he was fired at first.
Mun Poolsup, a construction contractor, told the press at 11am yesterday that somebody inside the sport-utility vehicle driven by Farut Thaiseth had fired at him first, so he shot back three times.
Mun surrendered to police on Thursday night and was presented to the media at the Provincial Police Bureau 3 yesterday. Guarding the press conference were 30 heavily armed police commandos.
On the night of August 20, Farut, son of Chart Thai Pattana Party MP Chada Thaiseth, was shot dead in his SUV during a family vacation at a resort in Khao Yai.
Mun explained that he was alone in his pickup truck, driving from a construction site in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district. He said he spotted the SUV ahead of him, so he flashed his front lights to signal that he wanted to overtake. However, after he overtook the SUV, its driver turned the high beam at him so he responded by turning on the spotlight in the rear of his truck.
He said when his pickup approached a curve, he heard gunshots and felt his vehicle being shot at several times. So he slowed down to let the SUV overtake him and then fired his 9mm pistol at it three times.
Mun said he saw the SUV crash into an electricity pole so he sped away and got rid of his pistol at Ban Kanongphra village in Pak Chong.
He then said he tried to go undercover in Bangkok, but after reading media reports that an MP’s son had been killed in the incident, he decided to call Pol Colonel Phanu Buranasiri, deputy investigation chief of the Provincial Police Bureau 3, and offered to surrender.
Mun said he hoped he would receive fair treatment by police because he had shot in self-defence. He went on to say that he had bought the pistol for just Bt1,500 and did not have enough funds to fight a lawsuit against an MP. Also, he said, he did not have enough knowledge because he had only completed Grade 6.
The pickup truck was also presented to the media yesterday. Visible were six bullet holes – one each at the driver’s console, the front-right wing, the rear right light, the edge of the front right wheel, front right light and to the left of the bonnet.
Assistant Police Commissioner-General Pol Lt-General Jarumporn Suramanee said more than 100 policemen had been deployed to look for the pistol at the location cited by Mun, but the gun had yet to be found.
Jarumporn also insisted that Mun was not a scapegoat because he had turned himself in, adding that one of Farut’s friends would be charged with attempted murder for firing at Mun’s pick-up truck.
He said the police would be fair to both sides and the final decision would depend on the courts.