An unfortunate catastrophe unfolded in Chaibadan district of Lopburi province that witnessed a deadly turn of events from a domestic quarrel. An everyday argument between a married couple tragically escalated to a fatal confrontation yesterday. The scene was set in a humble, single-storey wooden abode, which became the unwilling witness to the untimely death of its 45-year-old resident, a man named Wasan.
Wasan’s lifeless body, bearing the tell-tale signs of a violent face-off, was discovered sprawled across the middle of their home. Grisly remnants of the encounter marked his body, with gunshot wounds in his right shoulder, under his right ribs, above his right breast, and other parts of his body. A smoking .38 handgun, its barrel cooled and emptied of its deadly projectiles, lay ominously on a nearby TV stand, flanked by six grimly silent spent shells.
Harboring traces of the violent dispute on her bruised and swollen face, 36-year-old Nataya, Wasan’s wife and now bewildered and grief-stricken widow, was found in a state of palpable distress at the scene. Preliminary inquiries by the police, accompanied with Nataya’s distraught account, painted a horrifying picture of physical assault by the now-deceased Wasan. First aid care was swiftly administered on the spot to the shaken Nataya before she was whisked away for further medical treatment to Chai Badan Hospital.
As the police delved deeper into the incident, it became evident that the root of this argument was far from ordinary. The picture painted was of two hard-working parents, tilling the fields as sugarcane farmers, dealing with the additional handicap of Wasan’s gout ailment. Tensions ran high when one day, rather than procuring timely medical care, Wasan chose to remain at home, while Nataya persevered in the sugarcane fields. Nataya’s anger at her husband’s neglect of his health triggered a firestorm of a disagreement that spiraled down a tragic path.
The argument took a violent turn when Wasan wielded the firearm, his physical blows resulting in Nataya’s visibly swollen and bruised facial features. In a desperate struggle for the weapon, two rounds were discharged. Nataya successfully wrestled the gun from him but found herself still facing Wasan’s unrelenting threats.
At the height of her fear, Nataya fired the remaining rounds at the advancing Wasan. The shots found their mark, and Wasan dropped to the floor, life slowly ebbing out of him. In the aftermath, Nataya is being formally charged with murder with intent by the local police. Yet, she resides under medical care at present, and any court proceedings will only commence once she has recuperated sufficiently.