Pattaya mayor’s ex-driver shot dead in Banglamung

Friday, 14 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 50 By  Boonlua Chatree

A former driver for Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome died after being shot twice in Banglamung.

Kamol Supatsaksakul, 44, died of shots to the throat and chest Dec. 8 outside the Naturesa Condominium sales office near Nongprue Canal bridge on Soi Chaiyapornwitti.

Banjerd Aedphud, a security guard at the sales office, said he heard three shots before finding Kamol lying in a pool of blood. His wife stood nearby crying.

Banglamung Police Superintendent Col. Suphachai Phuikaewkhum said Kamol had a been a driver temporarily for Itthiphol, but lost his job when the mayor began driving himself. Recently the victim had owned an ad hoc bar near Bali Hai Pier.

Kamol was driving home from work with his wife when the shooting occurred. Suphachai said he believed the shooting was connected to a personal dispute, not Kamol’s work with the mayor. But he also said witnesses reported the victim was friendly and didn’t appear to have any problems with anyone.

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