Police in the south of Thailand on Tuesday, March 27, announced the arrest of five people in the murder of Krabi municipal engineer Montree Upla or “Tik”, 57, in February.

Montree was shot dead on the Thung Yai to Lamthap road in Nakorn Sri Thammarat on¬†February 21st. He was on his way to see his ‘minor wife’ ( kinda like a second wife or mistress known by everyone.¬† It’s a practice among wealthy Thai men ) with whom he had two children aged 1 and 3. She is a hairdresser in the local market.

Montree was shot multiple times with several guns and was found dead at the scene.

Acting on warrants police arrested his wife Nichaphat Aolakneua, 54, a resident of Ao Lak and four others. One man remains at large.

Police say that the wife ordered the killing after the husband filed for divorce. He has assets worth 10 million baht.

All the suspects deny charges of premeditated murder.

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