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Phuket Thailand Policeman Shoots Rival in Eye in Dispute Over Woman

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  • Phuket Thailand Policeman Shoots Rival in Eye in Dispute Over Woman

    PHUKET: A policeman from Patong shot a man dead through the eye in a dispute over a woman in a seamy part of Phuket City early today.

    Corporal Racha Semauksorn, 29, fired the fatal shot from the back of a motorcycle as he rode away from Phuket Town's notorious Soi Eleven in the Poonpol district.

    Corporal Racha's brother, Dechaporn, 25, was riding the motorcycle, Phuket City police said today. Phuket City patrol police pulled them over and arrested the pair within 20 minutes.

    At that stage, the pair had no idea that the shot had killed Ekkasit Sangangam, 21.

    Ekkasit and Corporal Racha had been is an argument, believed to be over a woman, in a ''fishbowl'' brothel in the soi, where sex can be bought for 500 baht.

    Women working on the premises had tried to settle the dispute, without success, police said.

    The killing is likely to prompt authorities to look more closely at the seedy side of Phuket Town.

    Soi Eleven is in the same seedy Poonpol district where the owner-manager of a five-star Phuket resort was attacked by eight staff with knives and a homemade tomahawk in a pub bar in January.

    Hollywood film star Jeremy Renner was with Sri panwa owner-manager Vorasit ''Wan'' Issara at 4.30am in the Rassada Pub.

    Talk of the area's gentrification, with several new apartment blocks going up nearby, appears to be premature.