Mob kills bus thief

Mob kills bus thief
Bangkok.

Instant justice was meted out on a Bangkok street on Thursday.

The victim: A young man who stole a minibus and weaved his way in and out of traffic for several kilometres, hitting at least 10 vehicles in the process.

As the 19-year-old driver tried to flee the damaged minibus after it came to a stop, an angry mob surrounded him.

They stabbed and kicked him, Bangkok Daily reported.

Some witnesses managed to rescue the driver and take him to hospital but he did not survive.

The police said Mr Sirisak Saengsri's body had multiple bruises and seven stab wounds.

CRAZED DRIVE

They are reviewing CCTV footage along the route of his crazed drive to find out what happened and track down the alleged killers, the report said.

The first vehicle he hit was a taxi. He continued to drive the bus, hitting at least nine other vehicles, most of them taxis.

Police Colonel Chaiya Kongsup said the owner of the bus company had filed a police complaint saying that one of their minibuses was stolen.

Police Col Chaiya said Mr Sirisak had worked as a conductor on one of the buses and was drunk when he stole the vehicle and began his rampage.

It was not known what his motive was.

The driver of the first taxi which was hit told the Bangkok Post that Mr Sirisak was "weaving his way along, like a snake", before hitting his car.

The driver, who was not named, said he chased the bus in his damaged taxi, and called the police.

This article was published on May 3 in The New Paper.

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