Mother-in-law admits she ordered killing

Mother-in-law admits she ordered killing

THAILAND - Slain Olympic sharpshooter Jakkrit Panichpatikum's mother-in-law has confessed to taking out a contract on his life.

"I needed to do it because he abused my daughter throughout the past six years," Surang Duangjinda said yesterday.

She said her daughter, Dr Nithiwadee Phucharoenyos, was not aware of the murder plot.

Police have charged both Surang and Nithiwadee with taking out the contract on Jakkrit's life, however. Both are now trying to secure bail - a move that is not opposed by the police.

Motherly love

"I did it because I love my daughter," Surang said as she showed up at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry. She and her daughter went there to apologise and thank Social Development and Human Security Minister Pavena Hongsakul.

The minister has earlier extended help to Nithiwadee over the reported domestic violence.

In tears, Nithiwadee said she did not know beforehand that her mother had plotted to kill her husband.

On October 19, Jakkrit was fatally shot while on his way to meet his wife and their children.

The couple had a rocky relationship. Earlier in the year, Nithiwadee and Jakkrit's mother had complained publicly of his domestic violence.

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