Canadian Man and Thai Wife Killed by Neighbor in Khon Kaen

In the early hours of Friday, tragedy struck in the Muang district of Khon Kaen, a northeastern province, as a Canadian man and his Thai wife lost their lives in a fatal stabbing incident perpetrated by a neighbour who rented a house next door.

Deputy Chief Investigator Pol Col Chaiwanich Kamkamool of Ban Pet police station reported that the killings occurred around 12:30 am at a residence in Moo 10 village, tambon Ban Thum.

In response to the incident, the police, forensic teams, and rescue workers swiftly arrived at the scene. Upon arrival, they discovered Michael Nixon, 54, and his Thai wife Anurak, 47, deceased outside their two-story home.

The neighbouring tenant, Kachornsak Panyadee, 36, a roti sai mai vendor from Chaiyaphum’s Ban Thaen district, turned himself in to the police, confessing to the murders with a one-foot-long knife.

The Canadian man sustained three stab wounds to his chest and abdomen, while his wife was stabbed in the abdomen.

Deputy Police Chief Pol Col Preecha Kengsarikij of Khon Kaen reported that the motive for the crime appeared to be recurring disputes over parking. Mr. Kachornsak had ongoing issues with his house entrance being blocked by the couple’s visitors’ vehicles.

On Thursday night, parking conflicts escalated when the couple hosted several foreign guests.

Mr. Kachornsak attacked after midnight, following the departure of the guests. He stabbed the wife as she answered the door and then attacked the Canadian man as he came to her aid.

Mr. Kachornsak has been arrested and is facing murder charges. Pol Col Preecha stated that further questioning of Mr. Kachornsak is planned to fully understand the motive for the crime and to prepare a detailed report for the prosecutors.