Man shot twice defending girlfriend’s honor

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A drunken contractor beat up after making a lewd proposition to another man’s girlfriend took revenge by shooting his rival as he fled from a North Pattaya pub.

Wichai Yuwasaeree, 33, was apprehended May 14 at a police roadblock not far from the Tamnan Chon Pub on Third Road. He was charged with shooting Manop Saenamit, 30, twice in the leg with a 9mm handgun. Manop was treated and released from Banglamung Hospital.

Wichai (left) confessed to the shooting, claiming he did so in self defense after being beaten up. Wichai (left) confessed to the shooting, claiming he did so in self defense after being beaten up.

Manop told police he had taken his girlfriend, sister and friends to the pub, where they stayed until closing. While leaving, they encountered Wichai and his friends in the parking lot. The injured man claimed Wichai was drunk and propositioned his girlfriend, calling her and his sister prostitutes when they refused his offer.

A fight ensued, which the drunken men lost. Wichai and Chumpol Chinakorn, 32, both of Bangkok, then jumped in a Ford Focus and sped off, but not before Wichai allegedly shot out the window at Manop.

Police stopped the car in North Pattaya, arresting both Wichai and Chumpol after finding three loaded guns in the vehicle.

Police claim Wichai confessed to the shooting, claiming he did so in self defense after being beaten up.