Monk kills neighbour at meditation centre


Disrobed monk Sitthikorn Yankhrue, white shirt, re-enacts the murder of Phadung Thongbo at his previous meditation centre in Noen Maprang district, Phitsanulok, on Monday. (Image: Chinnawat Singha)

PHITSANULOK: A monk in charge of a Buddist meditation centre shot dead a person he experienced a extended-standing argument with at the dhamma centre in Noen Maprang district on Monday early morning.

Pol Lt Col Suparerk Chanmee, a Sai Yoi law enforcement investigator, claimed the shooting at Suthewadi Ratchathani Buddhist Meditation Centre in Wang Prong village was documented to police about 10am.

A police staff, rescue employees and a health practitioner had been quickly despatched there.

Phra Sitthikorn Yankhrue, 41, the monk in charge of the centre, was waiting for them to get there. He surrendered a shotgun to law enforcement and gave himself up.

Phadung Thongbo, 67, was lying useless on the ground with gunshot wounds.

A witness to the taking pictures, Suthewadi Ratchathani, 52, mentioned that about a few yrs ago she had invited Phra Sitthikorn, who was then at a temple in Uttaradit province, to arrive to Phitsanulok and head a meditation centre. She had religion in him to carry out the endeavor. 

She had donated the land for the meditation centre, which was on 27-rai planted in teak trees.

Ms Suthewadi reported the lifeless male, Phadung, owned a block of land adjacent to the meditation centre and experienced a very long running own conflict with Phra Sitthikorn.

When she arrived at the centre on Monday early morning with food stuff for Phra Sitthokorm he was in a heated argument with Phadung. She saw the angry monk shoot Phadung with the shotgun, killing him on the place.

Phra Sitthikorn was expelled from the monkhood by the regional abbot and as a layman was then charged with murder.