SONGKHLA: A 23-year-old Marine private on leave from a posting in Narathiwat apparently misunderstood the meaning of “R&R”, by shooting himself in the head during a drunken game of Russian Roulette.
On the evening of November 22, Pte Juthipon Singmanee, posted to the Chulabhorn Army Camp in strife-torn Narathiwat Province, was home during his leave of duty, socializing with four or five friends.
At an unnumbered house in Village 8 of Tambon Khao Roop-chang in Songkhla’s Muang District, the friends formed a wong lao (drinking circle) as a way of bidding farewell to Pte Juthipon, who was returning to active duty the next day.
One of the friends happened to have a partly loaded .38 revolver, which Pte Juthipon thought would be fun to use in a game of Russian Roulette. Removing all of the bullets but one, he put the pistol to his right temple and pulled the trigger.
Unfortunately for the young serviceman, the chamber holding the bullet happened to be the one set to discharge. With a deafening bang, the .38 slug ripped into his skull. He spun, and fell face-up with a thud into the center of the drinking circle.
Pol Maj Jamlong Suwaluck of Songkhla’s Muang District Police, who questioned Juthipon’s friends, said that the death was not a suicide relating to the stress of having to serve in the Deep South.
“He was only doing it for fun,” the friends told him.
Wat Arun restoration enters final month
July 23, 2017 | 02:00 PM
BANGKOK: Restoration work on the world-famous stupa Wat Arun’ in Bangkok, which has been underway since 2013, is expected t...
Two Phuket nightlife venues raided, charged with operating illegally
July 23, 2017 | 12:00 PM
PHUKET: Officers from the Crime Suppression Division yesterday raided two nightlife venues in Phuket Town for providing services t...
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 underway
July 22, 2017 | 02:00 PM
PHUKET: A busy day on the water yesterday saw some excellent competition, close calls and racing incidents which resulted in a bus...
Phuket gold thief identified, still on the run
July 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM
PHUKET: Police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect who stole a gold necklace from a jewelry shop in Thalang yesterday morn...
Hooper Trips Asia: Inle Lake Boys
July 22, 2017 | 09:00 AM
Life on Inle Lake flows on as if unaware of the modern world that is slowly encroaching upon it. The traditions are simple and ho...