Wife arrested for killing husband who planned to leave her

Friday, 30 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 13 By  Boonlua Chatree

A woman who tried to stop her husband from leaving her by threatening him with a gun was arrested for murder after, she claimed, the gun accidentally went off.

A hysterical Jidapha Chanruang, 44, was taken into custody at the Chanruang Co. meatball factory in Banglamung March 18. Nearby police found the body of Wathunyoo Chanruang, 44, and a single 38-caliber bullet in the wall of the restroom. Wathunyoo had been shot once in the heart.

Jidapha Chanruang has been set free on 300,000 baht bail pending the investigation into the shooting death of her husband. Jidapha Chanruang has been set free on 300,000 baht bail pending the investigation into the shooting death of her husband.

Police said Jidapa told them that Wathunyoo had been packing his bags and planned to leave her to live with another woman. Angry, she grabbed a gun and pointed it at him, saying that he couldn’t go. She claimed Wathunyoo went for the weapon and, during a struggle, the weapon went off. He died en route to the hospital.

Police said they are skeptical of the story due to conflicting witness reports. Police said she later recanted her confession, saying she refused to give any statement until she went before a judge. She is now free on 300,000 baht bail.

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