Man of mental illness in Thailand hacks five children to death

September 29, 2015 3:40 am

 

Thai
police arrested a man with a history of mental illness who hacked five
children to death and took him to hospital. Photo / AFP

A man with a history of mental illness hacked five young children to
death and stabbed a pregnant woman in a knife rampage in northern
, police said Monday.
The mass murder took place on Sunday afternoon in a village in Chai Prakarn district of Chiang Mai province.
“Five
boys were killed by a mentally ill man using a chopping knife,” Police
Lieutenant Colonel Sombut Kalasuk from Chai Prakarn police told AFP.
“The wounds were to their necks and heads – they were aged from five months to eight years old,” he added.
Pictures
widely shared on social media showed a scene of carnage, with the
blood-soaked corpses of the children littering the house.
At
least one of the children was related to the pregnant woman, who was
taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds but survived the ordeal.

Three of the bodies were found inside the house while another
was found dead next to a nearby fence. The fifth child died in hospital,
police added.
Sombat did not say what caused the unidentified man to turn violent.
But
he said he had previously been treated in hospital for an undisclosed
mental health problem. He has since been arrested and taken to hospital.
A doctor at Suanprung Hospital in Chiang Mai confirmed that the man had recently been released after receiving treatment.
“He
had been treated here for two weeks before he went home because he felt
better,” said Paritat Silpakit, the hospital director.
Thailand
provides universal healthcare but access can be patchy — particularly
in rural and remote areas — while the quality of mental health services
still leaves much to be desired.
“Inconsistency of medication
and the distance from patients’ houses to hospitals is still a
challenge”, Panpimol Wipulakorn, deputy general director of the
Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health, told AFP.

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