A pensioner has allegedly killed a his childhood bully by shooting him dead at a school reunion party this weekend, 50 years after they graduated from school.
Thanapat Anakesri, 69, was invited to the event on Saturday afternoon to meet former classmates from the school in Ang Thong, central Thailand.
The group reminisced about their school life, 50 years ago, while tucking into a buffet of Thai food and drinking wine followed by ice cream.
But at the end of the party, the pensioner confronted his former tormentor Suthat Kosayamat, 69, about how he bullied him when they were both 16.
Former navy officer Thanapat began arguing with Suthat, a tailor, who said he could not remember what had happened between them.
Thanapat reportedly ordered Suthat to apologise but he refused and told him to forget about it – sparking a fight between the pair.
But then, Thanapat allegedly drew a handgun gun and shot his former classmate before fleeing the room.
Suthat was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead.
The class of 1966 president Tuean Klakang, 69, who organised the event, told police that Thanapat would often complain about Suthat, but he did not believe it was such a serious issue.
Tuean told local media:
“Thanapat would get drunk then often talk about how angry he was about being bullied by Suthat. He never forgot about it. But as these things happened such a long time ago, I would never have imagined that he would have killed his friend like this. We are all shocked by it.”
Suthat was given a traditional Buddhist funeral on Monday, August 26. Devastated friends and relatives paid tribute to the “caring and kind” man.
Police are now searching for Thanapat, who they believe is living in a neighbouring province in Thailand.