Political, police and media representatives turned out to mourn the death of an infamous Pattaya gangster who late in life went to work as a police volunteer.
Prayuth Pungson, known as “Pae Baboo” during his organized crime years, died April 30 at age 64. Pattaya City Council Deputy Chairman Rattanachai Sutidechanai, Col. Chaichana Jittham, former superintendent of the Ban Bung Police Station, and representatives of the Pattaya Mail and Siam newspapers took part in the opening of his multi-day funeral May 4.
The former criminal earned respect late in life for volunteering at the Pattaya Police Station and, ironically, became dedicated to maintaining peace and stability. Current Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Supachai Puikaewkam even led the funeral prayer service.