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Narongwat Thachada’s Fall: From Police Inspector to Life Imprisonment for Gruesome Murder

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Narongwat Thachada, once a deputy inspector at Bangkok’s Hua Mak police station, was dramatically brought into custody in a rented room in Don Muang district of Bangkok on December 30, 2023. The arrest would reveal a tale of betrayal, shattered promises, and a crime of such gravity that it shook the city to its core.

The Criminal Court delivered a bombshell on Friday: Narongwat received a death sentence for the premeditated murder of Krit Saruwaranon, only to have it later commuted to life in prison due to his cooperative testimony. Narongwat’s shocking fall from grace began on December 29, when he coldly executed Krit, a prosperous businessman, and owner of a property business and law firm. The setting of this chilling incident was the busy Chalong Rat Expressway, right above Pradit Manutham Road.

Krit had trusted Narongwat, employing him as both a driver and security guard for five months. This professional relationship ended in a gruesome betrayal. Not long after the murder, Narongwat was apprehended, facing a slew of charges: premeditated murder, discharging a firearm in a public domain, unsanctioned possession of a weapon, and carrying a weapon without the proper authorization.

Investigations disclosed a grim sequence of events. An expressway employee had witnessed a fierce argument between the duo next to a van parked along the expressway’s boundary wall. In a bleak turn of events, Narongwat fired at Krit five times, killing him instantly. The motive? Narongwat claimed that Krit had reneged on a promise to help clear a 2-million-baht debt and assist him with a career promotion. Feeling betrayed and desperate, Narongwat resorted to violence.

Throughout the investigation, Narongwat vehemently denied the accusations. However, during the unnerving court trial, he confessed to all charges. The Criminal Court, in its ruling, found Narongwat guilty on every count. Initially sentenced to death, his penalty was reduced to life imprisonment due to his cooperation, a faint glimmer of leniency in an otherwise dark episode.

But that wasn’t the end of Narongwat’s woes. The court also mandated that he pay approximately 13 million baht as compensation to Krit’s grieving family, a small measure of justice for the inconsolable loss they endured.

As this tragic saga closes, Bangkok remains gripped by the stark reminder of trust betrayed and vows broken. The tale of Narongwat Thachada serves as a grim cautionary tale about the lengths to which desperation can push an individual, and the irreplaceable cost of a lost life. The city watches, perhaps with bated breath, knowing that justice, while served, can never truly bring back what was lost.


  1. maxwell97 June 7, 2024

    This whole situation is beyond tragic. How could someone just decide to end a life over a broken promise?

    • Jane Doe June 7, 2024

      It’s absolutely horrifying. But let’s not forget that people can act out of desperation when they feel cornered.

      • tommy June 7, 2024

        Desperation is no excuse for murder. There are always other options.

      • maxwell97 June 7, 2024

        Exactly, Tommy. Nothing justifies taking another person’s life.

    • Gina June 7, 2024

      I agree, Jane. Krit should have kept his promise. People in debt can be very vulnerable.

      • Sara June 7, 2024

        Debts are hard, but murder isn’t the solution. He could have sought legal action instead.

      • maxwell97 June 7, 2024

        There’s always another way. Pulling a gun is NEVER the answer.

  2. Larry D June 7, 2024

    Do you really think life imprisonment is enough? This guy killed another human being in cold blood!

    • Sophia C. June 7, 2024

      He initially got the death penalty, but his testimony led to the reduction. It’s a complex issue.

      • Larry D June 7, 2024

        His cooperation shouldn’t grant him leniency. A life was lost forever.

      • Ron June 7, 2024

        True, but the legal system has its procedures. Death penalty commutation is about getting more information out of him.

  3. Growler134 June 7, 2024

    This betrayal shows how deeply corrupted some law enforcers are. Sad state of affairs for Bangkok.

    • john123 June 7, 2024

      Not every cop is corrupt. But yeah, this does tarnish the image.

    • Jessica June 7, 2024

      Any profession has its bad apples, but it doesn’t make the whole system rotten.

  4. Samantha June 7, 2024

    I think it’s so sad that Krit’s family now has to go without him. A compensation of 13 million baht can never replace him.

    • Paul W. June 7, 2024

      Money is a poor substitute for human life. This family’s grief won’t be soothed by cash.

      • Fan June 7, 2024

        True, Paul. But at least it’s something. Some form of justice.

      • Samantha June 7, 2024

        Justice or not, it’s still a tragic situation. I hope they find peace.

  5. Jason T. June 7, 2024

    Why does the justice system even allow for a reduced sentence in such clear cut cases? It seems so unfair.

    • Mike June 7, 2024

      Judicial systems often provide reduced sentences for cooperation as a means to gather more information or understanding of the crime.

      • Jason T. June 7, 2024

        But what does it say about the justice system if cooperation can be bought with leniency?

      • Sandra P. June 7, 2024

        It’s a tricky balance. We need those confessions, but at what cost?

    • Larry D June 7, 2024

      That’s the ugly side of justice. It’s about making deals sometimes.

  6. Amy June 7, 2024

    I’ve been on that expressway so many times. It’s scary to think something like this could happen there.

    • Walter June 7, 2024

      You never really know what people are capable of, even in the most familiar places.

    • Jason T. June 7, 2024

      Makes you question your own safety, doesn’t it?

  7. Mohammed H. June 7, 2024

    Narongwat’s sense of betrayal doesn’t justify murder. But should Krit have kept his promise? Yes.

  8. Petra F June 7, 2024

    Betrayal and debt can be powerful motivators, but this act of violence is inexcusable.

  9. Growler134 June 7, 2024

    I still can’t get over how quickly he turned from trusted employee to murderer. It’s chilling.

    • Samantha June 7, 2024

      That’s the most frightening part. He was entrusted with so much responsibility and he just snapped.

    • jack June 7, 2024

      Trust is such a fragile thing. One minute you’re relying on someone, the next they’re your worst nightmare.

    • Growler134 June 7, 2024

      Absolutely, Jack. People can be unpredictable.

  10. Sara June 7, 2024

    I wonder what kind of mental state Narongwat was in. Could this have been prevented with some sort of intervention?

  11. Henry June 7, 2024

    We can analyze his mental state all we want, but the fact remains that he committed a heinous crime.

  12. Petra F June 7, 2024

    Let’s also not forget the role of societal pressure and financial desperation. This is a problem that runs deeper than just one man’s actions.

  13. Fan June 7, 2024

    I have to wonder if the media’s portrayal of cases like this just sensationalize them further, and doesn’t offer real solutions.

  14. Ron June 7, 2024

    In a world full of crises, it’s justice and empathy that should guide us, not fear and sensationalism.

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