A mental patient was arrested on Sunday, January 15th, for allegedly murdering his 61-year-old mother. The suspect bludgeoned his mother’s head with an iron gas cylinder valve until she passed away, police said.
Police from the Lat Krabang police station were notified of the incident at 3 PM and rushed to the scene with first responders. The incident happened at an unnamed four-storey apartment building in the Lat Krabang district of Bangkok.
The body of the 61-year-old woman, Mrs. Chai Chanprem, was found on a mattress drenched in blood in a room on the third floor. She was covered with a blanket from head to waist. When the police uncovered her, they found that the woman had suffered severe head injuries. The floor of the room was covered in blood. Police also found an iron gas cylinder valve dappled with blood near Mrs. Chai’s body.
The suspect, who happened to be the victim’s son, Mr. Noi Chanprem, was arrested immediately at the scene. The 37-year-old suspect remained silent and did not provide a statement to police. He only shook his head and closed his eyes during initial questioning, said police. The suspect was transported to the Lat Krabang police station for legal action.
Neighbors of the victim told police that they heard a noise that sounded as if someone was being beaten on January 13th at 9 PM, but no quarrel was reported. Police believed that the suspect had used an iron valve to beat his mother to death.
The victim’s granddaughter, who traveled to identify the victim’s body, told police the suspect was mentally ill. She said she once admitted the suspect to a mental hospital two years ago, but once he was discharged, his mental symptoms returned and worsened as he refused to take his medicines.
The granddaughter added that she had previously warned the victim to be careful because her son was violent and that she lived with him alone.
The victim’s body was transferred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Police Hospital. The suspect is being detained to await a medical examination to examine his mental health issues.
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