Early this morning, fishermen off Phuket found the body of a man washed up on the beach. The corpse showed no signs of injury, however, police found incriminating glue stains on his clothing and a can of glue near his body. They also found a shrimp bucket near the body. Police believe the man had sniffed glue before chasing the prawns, then passed out and drowned at high tide.
Authorities later identified the man as 41-year-old Sa-art Wangdee. Sa-art’s father identified his son’s body at Thalang Hospital. Neither he nor Sa-art’s other relatives considered his death suspicious. The father added, however, that they had always requested a rigorous autopsy at the hospital. The police lieutenant said Sa-art was registered as living in Moo 3 Pa Khlok, in the east of the island.
The fisherman who found Sa-art, Mr. Sommart Nayao, was preparing to fish in his long-tail boat that day when he discovered the body on the beach.
High-profile cases involving glue sniffing have happened in Thailand before, such as an incident in November when a glue-sniffing man beat an elderly man to death in a temple. In 2018, a glue sniffer in Chiang Mai beat up Chinese tourists. In 2013, a monk was accused of sniffing glue. Drug-related crimes are common in daily headlines in Thailand.
SOURCE: Phuket News