Hotel shuttle driver killed in domestic dispute over fridge noise

Friday, 17 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A Pattaya hotel shuttle driver died after being stabbed in the chest during an argument with his wife.

Sawat Jaiprasit, 56, suffered a single 10cm stab wound to the heart and died at his apartment house on Soi Nongkrabok 3 in Nongprue.

Down the hall, police found a drunk and babbling Wilai Thipsema, 54, who was holding a bloody, 15cm pair of scissors in her hand.

Wilai Thipsema has been charged with murdering her husband.Wilai Thipsema has been charged with murdering her husband.

Police said Wilai confessed to killing her husband following a noisy argument over her slamming the refrigerator door. She told police she’d been drinking with neighbors, but returned home as she was hungry. Wilai said she asked her husband to buy her food, but he refused, as he was lying down after returning from work.

Angry, she slammed the refrigerator door. She claimed this angered her tired husband, who cam at her with a knife as punishment. She said she grabbed the closest thing nearby - the scissors - to defend herself.

Neighbors described the victim from Lamphun as a “quiet and good man” who worked hard and rested after coming home. Wilai, on the other hand, was described as a gambling-addicted drunk who often screamed and annoyed neighbors.

Wilai was charged with homicide.

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