A teenage gaming addict allegedly stabbed his mother in a frenzied attack after she disturbed him while he was playing online.
Surawut Tinarong, 17, would reportedly spend all day engrossed in multi-player war games in his room in Buriram, northeast Thailand.
However, his mother Saiyut, 46, is said to have taken rice to him while he was playing on January 7 before he flew into a rage.
He allegedly chased his mother out of the room then later stabbed her in the back four times with a kitchen knife.
Saiyut said she felt a pain jolting her back before she turned round to see it was her son, who reportedly stabbed her three more times.
Neighbours heard her screams and ran over to help her before calling an ambulance.
While they waited for the rescuers, the son is said to have stabbed himself with the same knife three times then collapsed on the pavement.
Both the mother and her son were taken to Nang Rong Hospital by paramedics, where they are in a stable condition.
Speaking to the police, relatives claimed the lad had symptoms of game addiction.
They said that he used to play outside with friends but would now stay in his room using his smartphone to join multi-player contents.
He hadn’t left his room since New Year, they said.
One of the relatives who went with the mother and son to the hospital said that he was still talking incoherently after the incident.
They said: “He told me he was sorry and that he didn’t mean to do it.
“He said he didn’t mean to do it but he had no choice because someone was controlling his actions.”
Doctors said they did not find any drug or alcoholic substances in his body and believed that it may be due to psychological issues.
Officers are still investigating the incident while the mother and his son, who are both in a stable condition, are being treated for their wounds.
Lieutenant Colonel Sakchai Kittiudomphan from the Nang Rong Police Station said the gamer is set to have a psychological evaluation once his wounds are better.
He said: “The allegations have not yet been reported by the mother and we are waiting for tests to return from the hospital before considering the charges.”
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The Prime Minister visited Suvarnabhumi Airport this morning to personally received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines flown in from China.
The first 200,000 Sinovac doses arrived on Thai Airways flight TG675 from Beijing as Thailand prepares to kick start its national vaccination campaign.
The receiving ceremony was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha, and Yang Xin, Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy.
In addition to the Sinovac’s vaccine, another 117,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine will also arrive this afternoon.
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Announced last October, the ThailandPlus tracking application is intended to create confidence among foreign tourists about their health and safety while on holiday together with containing the spread of COVID-19.
ThailandPlus functions like the Mor Chana app using GPS and Bluetooth for track and trace in addition to linking with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to log information including certificate of entry details.
The whereabouts of all tourists with the app installed will be known throughout their stay and allow authorities to immediately alert visitors if they have come into any high-risk situations or environments.
Authorities said the application would not infringe on any users privacy and is intended only to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Thai embassies and consulates overseas will provide visitors with information about how to download and use the ThailandPlus app.
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