Tragedy strikes temple as disturbed man meets fatal end

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Medical personnel examine the lifeless body of Preecha, who tragically met his end when he fell onto the sharp pinnacle of a small brass Buddha statue (Inset) fatally piercing his chest.

CHONBURI, Thailand – The serene atmosphere of Nimman Ratbumrung Temple was shattered on February 28, when a mentally distressed man wreaked havoc within its sacred walls. The individual, identified as Preecha, barricaded himself inside the temple’s main chapel, setting off a chain of events that would end in tragedy.

As news of the disturbance reached authorities, Ban Bueng Police swiftly descended upon the temple grounds. Their initial assessment raised concerns about potential danger, prompting them to call for additional reinforcements. Armed with riot shields and crowbars, the officers prepared for a tense confrontation.



Negotiations with Preecha proved futile. Despite repeated attempts to reason with him, he remained unyielding. The situation escalated as authorities breached the chapel doors, only to find Preecha lying dead on the floor, his chest pierced by a Buddha image.

Police speculated that Preecha had climbed up the main Buddha structure, slipped and fell, tragically cutting his life short when he fell onto the sharp pinnacle of a small brass Buddha statue, resulting in a fatal impalement. The hallowed chamber also bore witness to chaos, with worship materials scattered and broken glass strewn about.



Investigations revealed a disturbing sequence of events. Earlier that day, Preecha had attacked Phra Base, a monk residing at the temple, with a fluorescent light tube. Seeking refuge within the chapel, Preecha’s actions spiraled out of control. He locked himself inside, refusing assistance and ultimately dying under mysterious circumstances.

Phra Base disclosed that Preecha had arrived at the temple on a Buddhist holy day, intending to spend the night in a humble hut. However, a sudden altercation with Phra Base set off the tragic chain of events. Further revelations came to light when Phra Base admitted that Preecha had consumed drugs the day before, shedding some understanding on his erratic behavior.



Phra Khru Anucha Wangsra Thammo, the temple’s abbot, recounted hearing ominous noises emanating from the chapel just before the tragedy unfolded. Preecha’s troubled past, including a brief period of residence in the temple after ordination, now cast a dark shadow over the once-peaceful sanctuary. Authorities continue their investigation, seeking answers to the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful day.