A 60-year old woman, whose grief over her husband's murder in Ayutthaya on February 8 won her widespread sympathy, has been arrested and accused of being the mastermind behind the killing.
Prapassorn Thoprayoon admitted her part in the murder because her husband, whom she had been with for more than two decades, had become "abusive and subjected her to domestic violence in recent years", national police deputy commissioner Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakan said on Wednesday.
House builder Thawat Suksangkan, 63, was shot dead in his pick-up truck by two men on a motorcycle while he was taking his wife to sell goods at a school in Ayutthaya's Nakhon Luang district on the morning of February 8. The attack happened after his wife got out of the truck and was opening the school gate.
Prapassorn claimed the assailants quickly fled the scene and in a grief-stricken state, tearfully told police that she didn't know who would want her husband dead, prompting them to suspect the shooting might be linked to a dispute arising from a money-lending business he allegedly ran.