This is the harrowing moment a nine-year-old girl stays calm as she was rescued on a chair hours after having her throat slit – and seeing her grandmother and sister murdered.
Aparat Samruay woke up on Sunday morning at 3am when she heard her grandmother Mali Imsawat, 67, grappling with a meth-crazed robber at their home in Samut Prakan.
The girl went into another room to see what had happened and witnessed the intruder slash the throat of the pernsioner and Aparat’s elder sister, Itya, 12. He then murdered the family’s pet cat ”to stop it from making noise”.
Aparat was found later that morning sitting on a chair with blood pouring from a gaping wound in her neck exposing her windpipe. She was conscious, had her eyes open but was too afraid to go outside.
Aparat was taken to hospital where medics gave her stitches. She is still in hospital but is stable, walking around and talking.
Officers launched a manhunt after neighbours said they had seen a local welder named Phoula, 21, wandering out of the home with blood-stained clothes on Sunday morning. Jewellery and cash were missing from the home.
The attacker, of Laos nationality, fled to a border town 450 miles away and was sitting in a cafe drinking a beer to celebrate allegedly selling the proceeds of the robbery for 7,500 baht believing he was about to escape.
But immigration cops had been alerted to his details and he was arrested on Monday night while trying to board a ferry in Mukdahan province to cross the Mekong River in Laos.
Officers said that Phoula, who only has a first name according to his passport, admitted killing the grandmother, young girl and cat in a robbery after sneaking into the house at 3am on Sunday morning.
He allegedly told police that he took one meth pill and while he was ransacking the property looking for valuables the pensioner appeared and attacked him.
Phoula said he stabbed the grandmother in the neck then slashed the throats of the two grandchildren when they woke up and walked out of their rooms to see what was happening. He killed the cat to ”stop it making noise”, police said.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Nopporn Saengsawang from the Samut Prakan police said: ”The suspect said he stole a gold necklace and cash from the home then ran away. He changed his clothes and took a taxi to try to escape.
”He sold the jewellery. He was arrested by immigration staff while he was drinking beer and waiting for a ferry to Laos. He has confessed to killing the victims and injuring the other small child.”
Phoula said he sold the gold necklace for 7,500 baht (175gbp) before boarding a bus to the border town where he planned to leave the country.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Nopporn added: ”The Laotian man was arrested while he was drinking beer. He believed he was about to escape but the immigration officers found him. The suspect has confessed and he will be held in custody and sentenced.
”We are gathering all the evidence and interviewing the young girl. She will receive special care to help her psychologically because she has seen a very traumatic scene. She was very lucky to survive.”