Pair arrested for bludgeoning drinking buddy to death

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Two men were arrested for allegedly bashing in the head of a drinking pal over his refusal to pay for his share of the liquor.

Sampao Hinart, 42, and Wittaya Saramul, 28, on Oct. 3 re-enacted their confessed murder of Pongsak Polsriratch, 46, of Kaeng Kroh District in Chaiyaphum province a day earlier. He was found dead in the bushes near Pattaya Third Road and Bali Hai Pier flyover.

Sampao confessed he was drinking when Pongsak asked to join in. But, Sampao said, Pongsak – already drunk – refused to put in any more money for the booze and was being rude. That led to a violent argument.

Sampao Hinart and Wittaya Saramul point to the area where they murdered Pongsak Polsriratch.Sampao Hinart and Wittaya Saramul point to the area where they murdered Pongsak Polsriratch.

The two began punching and kicking each other when Wittaya came to Sampao’s rescued. At the re-enactment, he showed how he repeatedly hit Pongsak in the head with a wooden plank until he was dead.

The two were seen fleeing the scene on a motorbike with a sidecar, which was soon located at an apartment on nearby Soi 17 where the two were captured. Police found a yellow shirt with blood stains with them.