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Man ‘kills son after affair with wife’

A man has admitted he killed his own son and buried the body in a forest in Na Mom district of this southern province, police said.

Pol Maj Gen Thiewtawat Nakhonsri, the Songkhla police chief, identified the man as Aroon Plodkaenthong, 41.

Mr Aroon was arrested in Pa Bon district, Phatthalung province, on Saturday and was brought to Na Mom district in Songkhla for questioning.

On May 22, the body of an unidentified man, stuffed in a sack, was found buried in a forest near Moo 9 village in tambon Na Mom. The body was later identified to be that of Chanchai Plodkaenthong, 21, Mr Aroon’s son.

Police learned from an investigation that Mr Aroon and Chanchai’s mother divorced about 20 years ago. After the divorce, Mr Aroon took Chanchai to live in Phatthalung’s Pa Bon district where he married another woman, who later bore him a son.

Chanchai continued living in the same house as his father, his new wife and their son. Chanchai then married a girl called Ms Kung and they had a son. All six shared the same house.

Ms Kung told police that she had an affair with Mr Aroon, her father-in-law. On April 30, Chanchai and Mr Aroon went out together to tap rubber in Na Mom district, but Mr Aroon returned home alone and did not say where his son was.

When Chanchai’s body was found on May 22, she suspected Mr Aroon had killed his own son after quarrelling with him over the affair.

Ms Kung’s information led police to arrest Mr Aroon at the house on Saturday.

Police said that during questioning, Mr Aroon admitted he killed Chanchai, but said it was because he was addicted to drugs and had tried to kill him on several occasions. Mr Aroon said nothing about his affair with Ms Kung, his daughter-in-law.

Pol Maj Gen Thiewtawat said Mr Aroon was initially charged with pre-meditated murder. The investigation was continuing.

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