A British pensioner has been killed while riding his scooter in Thailand, in what police say is a possible road rage incident, or a love triangle involved.
The 70-year-old retired engineer was drinking with friends before heading home on his moped on a dark road when he was shot four times on Thursday.
Locals in Pattaya heard gunshots and found the Doncaster victim lying in a pool of blood shortly before 10:30 p.m. Four shell casings were found on the road nearby.
The man’s 38-year-old companion rushed to the scene where she broke down in tears. Police and paramedics performed CPR but he was pronounced dead on the street after suffering severe bleeding.
A British pensioner has been shot dead four times in the back while riding a scooter in Thailand. Pictured: Police officers and paramedics are seen at the crime scene after a retired engineer was shot in the back four times as he was driving his moped on a dark road in Pattaya on Thursday evening. Got him around 10.30 pm
Authorities have now seized the phone of the victim’s partner and are interviewing him, with one theory being that the man was involved in a love triangle in the notorious holiday destination, known for its crime and adult nightlife.
Police said the victim had been living in Thailand for 20 years and had a Thai family.
Pictures from Thursday night showed officers and paramedics on a dark stretch of road with numbered signs next to bullet holes on the tarmac.
Police Colonel Surkit In-am of the Huay Yai district station said two possible reasons for the brutal murder were “a love affair or road rage”.
Speaking today, he said: ‘The girlfriend’s phone has been seized and we are examining all communications with her [the man] and others.
,[The victim] He may also have been involved in an altercation or road rage with other foreigners on his way home. We do not know the motive of the murder. No arrest has been made so far. We are still investigating and collecting all the evidence.
Authorities said the 70-year-old was struck four times in the back by three 9mm bullet shells and a piece of shrapnel. He had two bullet wounds on his back, one above his waist and the other below his armpit.
He fell to the ground and lay on his back next to his red Honda Scoopy when police arrived. He was also wearing a helmet, which was removed by the doctors during the examination of his body.
The man’s glasses were also found next to his body, on the road about two miles from his home.
Locals heard gunshots and found the Doncaster victim lying in a pool of blood just before 10:30 p.m. Four shell casings were found on the road nearby. Image: The part of the road in Thailand where the man was found on 4 January can be seen on Friday
Police Colonel Chakrapan Kittisiripornkul, deputy commander of the Chonburi police, said the man’s companion arrived at the scene soon after the accident.
The companion, who had been with the retiree for four years, fell to the ground and was crying beside the dead body of her lover. He told the police that they lived together but their marriage was never registered.
The widow told police that the victim was a retired engineer from England, who had visited his sick sister over Christmas before returning to Pattaya on Wednesday, 4 January.
On the day of his death, he had gone out drinking with friends at 4 pm while she was looking after the house. She waited at the house until someone called to say that he had been shot. The accomplice told police that he did not know if the man had any altercations with other ex-pats or locals.
Police Colonel Chakrapan said the 29-year-old, a resident of Kittikun Impeng, was questioned at the scene. He told officers that he was riding a motorcycle and saw someone covered in blood.
Kittikun tried to call out to her but could only hear breathing so called emergency services. After seeing the bullet marks, he called the police.
Paramedics arrived first but the victim had already died.
Speaking over the phone this morning, Police Col Surkit said ‘love affair or road rage’ were the two possible reasons for the murder.
He said: ‘For three reasons we are looking first of all whether the victim was involved in a love affair, road rage or dispute. We also plan to interview people who were last seen [the victim] before going to his house. They will know whether they had any dispute before going on the bike or not.
‘We have to determine whether the attack was planned or it happened suddenly after an incident like a bar fight.
‘The shooter quickly left without a trace and there were no witnesses to see them, so we don’t yet know if they were on foot, on a motorcycle or in a car.
‘We have all the evidence at the scene and the road is open again.’
The British man was murdered in Pattaya, a notorious holiday destination known for its crime and adult nightlife. Image: A map showing where Pattaya is in Thailand
Meanwhile, neighbors told authorities that they heard gunshots about three or four times, but didn’t notice any because the street was frequented by motorcycles and cars.
Speaking today, Police Col Chakrapan said that the investigating officers were meeting on Friday afternoon to assess the case and possible suspects.
He said: ‘We are questioning the dead man’s companion and circumstantial witnesses, as well as checking surveillance cameras along the way, but we don’t have the footage yet.
‘Police have not yet reached a conclusion as to the motive, but we have confirmed that the victim had returned from his Christmas holiday in Thailand.
‘We are investigating and have just had a meeting with some observers and will have more in the afternoon. We do not believe this was a random shooting. Pattaya is a safe place and this doesn’t happen normally.’
Police Commander Itthipol Ittisaronchai said today that authorities were looking into the man’s “financial dealings and who would benefit from his death”.
He said: ‘Immigration and Tourist Police officers have been called in to assist with the investigation. They will look into the visa extension and various financial transactions of the deceased to find out who will benefit from the deceased.
The deceased had lived in Thailand for about 20 years and used to move out of the country. He had a Thai family.
‘We are ready to solve the matter. This afternoon the meeting was production and the CCTVs installed on the roads around the incident are being monitored. what the police did not reveal [the victims] Girlfriend told in the interview.
He has not been arrested.
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