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Police investigate murder in Phuket Town

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Police in Phuket have launched a murder investigation following a fatal stabbing in the Old Town area of Phuket Town. The body of a man who had sustained fatal stab wounds was discovered in the early hours of Monday morning, October 9.

Phuket City Police were notified at around 6am that a man’s body had been found in the car park of a hotel on Kra Road in Phuket Town, according to the Phuket News.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the body of 33-year-old Wirun Inya, originally from the southern province of Phatthalung. Mr Wirun worked as a driver for the Phuket Provincial Commercial Office, according to the report. He had a stab wound to his left breast and another to his back.

According to police, the victim had died around 3 – 5 hours before his body was found. His body has been taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for medical examination.

The Phuket News reports that just before 2.00am on Monday morning, police were notified of fighting in front of a restaurant around 500 metres from where Mr Wirun’s body was found. However, when officers arrived on the scene, there was no sign of a fight and locals confirmed that those involved had left.

Police later found blood stains in several areas in front of the restaurant and samples have been taken to determine if the blood came from the murder victim. Investigating officers say Mr Wirun may have been stabbed in front of the restaurant and ran to the parking lot, where he subsequently died of his injuries.

It’s understood the victim had eaten in the restaurant earlier that night, prior to the fight breaking out. Police are now questioning restaurant staff, including the venue’s chief security guard, and reviewing CCTV footage from the surrounding area and within the restaurant.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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