Cambodian work crew suspected of killing Thai boss

Friday, 08 August 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A Thai contractor’s Cambodian work crew is suspected of robbing and killing their boss on a job site in Nongprue.

The body of Phaiseethong Pimta, 32, was sitting in a chair, face down on a table, outside an under-construction home on a 3 rai plot on Soi Nongmaikaen 17, on July 24.

The Bueng Kan man had been bludgeoned to death, his skull split open with a hard object. Police found his empty wallet in the woods nearby and his motorbike had been stolen.

Home owner Sathaporn Toma, 48, said he’d hired Phaiseethong for a painting job and that the victim had brought along four Khmer employees, three men and a woman.

A day earlier, he told police, he saw the contractor arguing over salary payments with one of the workers, but didn’t consider it serious. He admitted he was wrong after he returned the next day to find Phaiseethong dead and the Cambodians gone.

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