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7 Jan 2008

 

Policeman faces murder charge after scuffle with drunk couple

 

 

A Canadian tourist was shot dead and his wife wounded early yesterday morning near a pub in Mae Hong Son province after a scuffle with a policeman.

 

Pol Sgt-Major Uthai Dechawiwat claimed shots were fired accidentally after the foreign couple tried to snatch his pistol from him.

 

The 37-year-old policeman, who was released on bail after being charged with murder and manslaughter, said he had struggled to get his service pistol back from John Leo Del Pinto and his wife Carly Reisig.

 

He said he had used the gun to threaten them when he was down on the ground after the couple beat him up.

 

Del Pinto, 25, took a shot in the mouth, from which the bullet travelled through his shoulder, and another shot on the left side of his torso, while Reisig, 24, was shot on the left side of her torso.

 

Uthai initially fled but give himself up to Pai police not long afterwards.

 

Quoting witnesses, case investigator Pol Lt-Colonel Sombat Panya said the couple had been drinking in a local pub called Ting Tong. They became involved in a drunken brawl after Del Pinto, who recently arrived in Thailand, found out that Reisig had become pregnant with a Thai man known as Fuen.

 

The couple continued arguing after they left the pub when Uthai arrived at the scene, near a bridge, on personal business. Uthai approached them and asked them to be calm but both foreigners turned to attack him.

 

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What a bizzare story. So Feun was shagging Carly while Del Pinto was away... :hmmm:

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3 shots fired by the officer too, hitting 2 people....and he fled....obviously 1 shot was not enough.

 

Very odd chain of events. More to this. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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If you are holding a pistol with your finger on the trigger and someone tries to yank it out of your hand, it is going to fire. But three times???

 

:hmmm:

 

 

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He had to be in uniform and if not on duty then just off, or he wouldn't have been armed.

 

Why did he flee? Typical Thai reaction.

 

:dunno:

 

 

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