Alleged Krabi killer is ruthless loan-sharker, claims

Anyarat Benhaphan, an official at Krabi’s Justice office, said relevant authorities would try to help Surifath’s victims.
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More than 20 relatives of Bang Fath, who allegedly killed eight people over a loan dispute in Krabi province, claimed to have been duped by him.

Bang Fath, or Surifath Bannoppawongsakul, is now in police custody for the massacre on July 10 at the house of Worayuth Sunglung, a village head, in Krabi. The two fell out after Surifath refused to return land-title deeds used to secure a loan from him, even after full repayment.

Dang Samdang, an uncle of Surifath, said on Thursday that he was about to lose his land plot because of his younger relative.

“He took both my money and my land plot,” the 66-year-old man with physical disability said.

He said a bank had notified him three months ago that it would seize the land plot on which he and five other relative families were now living, because of Surifath’s transaction.

“I allowed my son-in-law to offer this land plot to Surifath as collateral for a loan from him because I trusted that he would never cheat me. But I was wrong,” Dang lamented.

Dang’s son-in-law, Prasert Boonkasem, said the tittle deed for the plot was given to Surifath as collateral in 2012 for a Bt420,000 loan.

“Because I defaulted on the payments in some months, I agreed to sign a Bt800,000 loan contract in 2015 based on a promise that interest would not be increased,” Prasert said.

He said although he had repaid Surifath every month via bank transfers, he found out that Prasert had allegedly already mortgaged the land plot to a bank.

Anyarat Benhaphan, an official at Krabi’s Justice office, said relevant authorities would try to help Surifath’s victims.

“We have received a report that more than 10 victims were duped into transferring ownership of their land plots to him,” she said. – Nation

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