The accident part of this needs to be sorted out but that is the official story at this point. This is either a bizarrely unfortunate event in Thailand or an easy way to get rid of a former spouse.
Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat was dining with Chanakarn Detkard and four others on Sunday when he took out an Uzi 9mm sub-machine gun, police said.
“Senator Boonsong’s gun was accidentally fired off while he was trying to keep his pistol into its case. The shot went straight into his secretary who was having dinner,” Police Lt. Colonel Choosak Pulsawat told CNN.
The police officer said that Boonsong had been separated from his wife for a while but they were currently living together.
Boonsong faces a potential 10-year imprisonment and fine for causing a death by negligence. However, since parliament is in session, he cannot be arrested.
It gets more interesting because the Bangkok Times reported that Boonsong “was so shocked by what happened that he was unable to take Chanakarn to hospital himself.” The restaurant owner took her to the hospital instead, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Thailand does have a high gun ownership like the United States, but who needs to show off an Uzi during dinner?
Summarizing the story doesn’t make Boonsong’s defense look very good. Bringing a loaded sub-machine gun to dinner, taking it out to show everyone without bothering to check the safety and then accidentally firing it so it kills an ex-wife is a string of unlikely events. On top of that, Boonsong doesn’t take his victim to the hospital because he is so distraught. All this happens when parliament is in session so he is not arrested. Besides being his ex-wife, the victim worked for him and still lived with him.
Perhaps it is an unfortunate event. It also happens to be a possibly convenient one for Boomsong. He is also a lawyer. Any bets that he doesn’t serve any time in prison?