An army ranger that has been on the run after allegedly killing his wife and mother-in-law, last Thursday, has surrendered to authorities in the southern Thai province of Songkhla.
37 year old Sgt Maj Pheeraphat Onchart surrendered to his commander at the 47th Ranger Regiment, yesterday. Pheeraphat was then brought to the Saba Yoi police station to be formally charged, says Pol Col Kongthap Senathip, chief of Sabai Yoi police, today.
The ranger had allegedly shot his 38 year old wife, Chuthamas Sribang, who worked as a kindergarten teacher, and his mother in law, 58 year old Riam Sribang at their house last Thursday. He also shot his sister-in-law in the arm.
After allegedly shooting 3 people, Pheeraphat took off in his car, which was later discovered overturned by the side of the road in the Sabayoi district. He had allegedly used an M16 rife to steal a local’s motorcycle to keep fleeing authorities.
Police say Pheeraphat was motivated by jealousy. Police add that after they finish questioning Pheeraphat he will stand trial in a military court, says Kongthap. Pheeraphat faces charges of premeditated murder, theft, illegal possession of firearms, carrying firearms without a permit and forcing or threatening people.
Pheeraphat declined to take part in a police reenactment of the alleged murders.