Monk arrested for killing a man in a Wat in Wat Ket

A monk has been arrested for killing a man in a Wat in Wat Ket.

The incident occurred in the grounds of Wat Ku Kham on Kaeonawarat Road at 11:30 a.m. this morning, March 27.

Upon investigation, a witness told police that a “foreign” monk – referring to a monk from another area that had been visiting, had been involved in an altercation with the deceased man, aged between 50-60, with the monk punching the deceased man to death.

Police found the monk walking near Fort Kawila and brought him back to the scene.

The monk, Phra Vichien Hongthong, 55 from Nakhon Sawan, said that that he had acted in self-defense, telling police that the victim was drunk and would not leave him alone, hence why he hit him.

Police weren’t buying the story, however, charging the monk with “physical harm that causes others to die.”

The monk may be subject to further charges as the investigation continues.

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