Lopburi gold heist suspect Prasitthichai “Golf” Khaokaew showed remorse on Thursday, stating that shooting the female staff and a two-year-old boy was unintentional. He claimed financial problems drove him to do what he did.
Prasitthichai who works as a school director in Singburi, spoke to the media for the first time via telephone during a press conference at the Royal Thai Police head office this morning. The event was attended by high-ranking officers, including the national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda.
“I have financial problems,” he said. “I planned it two, three days in advance.”
He claimed that it was not his intention to shoot the female employee. His glove got stuck in the trigger and accidentally discharged the shots. He said he opened fire just to cause panic and to clear his way to the gold shop.
Prasitthichai showed remorse and apologized to the families of the dead victims. “I want to say I’m sorry. I want to apologize to the families of the dead victims, especially nong Titan and the staff, and everyone that I shot.”
The gold heist suspect is facing several charges including premeditated murder, armed robbery, and firearm offenses. If found guilty, he faces the death penalty.
Source: Thai PBS World | Khaosod English
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