Bad news for the Tiger of Thalang

THALANG: Being the leader of a youth bike gang in Phuket is all the time harmful. Occupational hazards include bullets and blades from members of rival gangs, police who will ultimately make a charge stick, and carelessly-driven pickups that can quickly put an finish to motorcycling mayhem. Despite the apparent risks, gang leader Kroekkriat Jantananon, from Baan Liphon in Thalang, would little question have been tremendously shocked by the circumstances of his ultimate undoing. At 27, Kroekkriat, who went by “Seua Liphon” or “Liphon Tiger”, was approaching retirement age as leader of his gang and decided to train a promising younger man, “News”, to finally take management of the group. News’s attempts to step into the footwear of leader of the gang, a Thai Rath reporter implied, led to him being charged with tried murder early final yr – a charge for which he was out on bail at the time of the events on New Year’s Day. Friends of Seua advised reporters that the evening started with the Liphon gang seeing in the new yr at Patong Beach. After the countdown, the gang moved on to strut their stuff at Night Station disco on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd. While dancing at the club, News accidentally trod on the toe of a member of a local Patong gang, sparking a fracas. Pushing and shoving ensued, and the Patong gang member asked if News wished “to take it outside”. News instantly accepted the challenge and, determined to show his bravery, requested his good friend Flat to accompany him to his bike to fetch a 9mm pistol from beneath the seat. News and Flat then walked again to teach the native boys a lesson, however were unable to search out them. Determined not to let the slight on his honor go unpunished, News instructed Flat to drive the bike on a hunt for the enemy whereas News rode pillion, pistol at the ready. Unbeknownst to the 2 hunters, Seua and the other gang members had adopted them out of the membership. Fill in the blanks and Flat found their quarry in the space of The Royal Paradise Hotel and were about to assault when Sq Ldr Sen Sgt Maj Amnat Kaewkrajok from Kathu District Police Station occurred to move by; seeing what was going on, he stepped in to put a cease to it. In front of crowds of Thai and overseas vacationers, a ruckus ensued. News was thrown to the bottom, however he managed to pull out his pistol and fire a shot into the air, just as Seua and the rest of the gang arrived on the scene. News, mistaking the newcomers for extra members of the opposing gang, opened fireplace, hitting Seua in the neck and abdomen, killing him. Also hit in the salvo were: Seua’s 24-year-old sister Netanapha, who was hit in the right leg; two gang members, Suwan Ratanapontri and Narong Thongkhod, each 20, who were grazed on the proper shin and hit in the proper knee respectively; and Phanitha Angsuchonsin, 22, who was critically harm after being hit within the abdomen. On seeing the carnage he had created, News instructed Flat to drive him away from the scene before he could be apprehended by police. A local Thai-language every day reported on January 3 that police had caught up with News at his home in Tambon Sri

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