Bangkok — The mother-in-law of Thai national sports shooter Jakkrit Panichpatikum confessed on a television news program that she acted alone in hiring a gunman to kill her daughter’s husband.
Jakkrit was shot to death in Bangkok on October 19 this year by a motorcycle pillion rider as he drove his car.
Police arrested the alleged gunman and a second suspect involved in the case this past weekend.
“I was only person behind this [Jakkrit’s murder] because I have only one daughter [Jakkrit’s wife Dr Nitiwadee Pucharoenyos] and my husband died a longtime ago,” the 70-year-old Surang Duangchinda told the news anchor on the TV program.
She said her daughter suffered “countless abuses and beatings” from Jakkrit, but was so in love with him she would not leave him.
Mrs. Surang said she pleaded with her son-in-law to stop, but instead he pulled out a gun and threatened her, said a Bangkok Post report.
Her daughter and herself were mistreated by Jakkrit on a continual basis, she said.
When her daughter was pregnant for the third time, her husband continued to abuse her physically and mentally until the baby was miscarried.
She also said when Jakkrit was released from prison and tried to reconcile, he did the same things again and again, and she realized he would never change.
Dr. Nitiwadee said that when she found out her mother was behind her husband’s murder, she knew she did it out of love for her, and wanted to go to prison instead of her mother.