15-year-old surrenders to face murder charges

15-year-old surrenders to face murder charges

A 15-year-old boy wanted for his role in the recent murders of two policemen in Satun's Manang district surrendered to police yesterday.

The boy, whose name is withheld due to his age, was taken to police by his relatives to face charges of murder and attempted murder of on-duty police officers as well as possessing weapons and ammunition.

Pol Lt-Colonel Jirapas Sengseng, 55, and Pol Sgt-Major Thanasak Thorapit, 39, were fatally ambushed by unknown gunmen on March 29 as they chased after the boy drove his motorcycle through a police checkpoint. Thanasak died instantly, while Jirapas was seriously injured and pronounced dead later.

In a related development, police, together with Army and administrative officials, yesterday searched six locations near the shooting scene and found a pistol, a homemade rifle, the muzzle of an M16 rifle and some 50 bullets at an abandoned shack some 100 metres away.

The national police yesterday announced that Jirapas and Thanasak were promoted posthumously to police general and police captain respectively.

Jirapas' family will be given Bt2.055 million in compensation and benefits, while Thanasak's family will get Bt1.46 million.

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