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Seven death sentences for family massacre

A Krabi supreme court handed down the death sentence to seven men convicted of the gruesome mass murder of a family in 2017.

The court upheld the sentences for premeditated murder against Surikfat

“Bung Fat” Bannopwongsakul, 41; Khomsan Wiangnon; Abdullo Dolo, 30; Arun Thongkham, 29; Prachak Bunthoi, 36; Thanachai Chamnong, 41, and Tawatchai Boonkong.

The court also upheld a 12 month prison term for an 8th defendant, a woman named Chalita Sangchote

The court found she had no knowledge of the plot to murder the family.

However, the court convicted her of being involved in helping to hide valuables that had been stolen from the murder scene

In a video conference session, the court said the seven other defendants had callously committed the murder with no regard for the law and the death sentence would also deter anyone from committing a similar act.

Those sentenced to death were also ordered to pay restitution to relatives of the murdered family.

The amounts for each murdered family member range from 400,000 baht to two million baht.

On July 10, 2017, Worayut Sanglang, 46, chief of Moo 1 village in tambon Ban Klang, Ao Luk district in Krabi, and seven members of his family were killed in his home.

Mr Surikfat and his accomplices wore military-style clothing, forced their way into Worayut’s home and held 11 members of the family captive.

They were later all shot, execution style. Three of the victims, a mother and her two young daughters, survived.

Mr Worayut’s father-in-law had lent a plot of land to Mr Surikfat so he could secure a loan.

He later repaid the loan but Mr Surikfat refused to return the property

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