A recently widowed husband, fanatically depressed and holding a sickle to his throat, threatened to commit suicide following the tragic death of his wife and child.
The father of the depressed man raced to the scene to prevent his son from committing suicide. Hugging him tightly and grabbing the weapon, a sickle with which the son was threatening to cut his own throat with, he managed to successfully disarm him. The depression stemmed from the man’s wife tragically smothering her infant whilst sleeping and subsequently taking her own life shortly after wards. Fortunately the father’s quick action and fortuitous arrival of police officials successfully calmed the situation down.
14th January : At 09.30am, Police Lieutenant Pirapong Laothanawin, Na Jomtien Police Station, Sattahip, Chonburi, was notified by Mr. Somsak Pengsakun, 40, residing at 5/3 Moo 1, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, that Mr. Biyapong Pengsakun (17) was holding a sickle to his throat and threatening to commit suicide. The young man was suffering from symptoms of depression and stress and had finally reached a point where he no longer wanted to live. He was extremely upset and shouting that he needed to kill himself because he could not handle living without his wife and 1 year old daughter. Once notified, a troop of police including Police Lieutenant Wisarun Thaithani, and Police Lieutenant Pongsak Naratyosakorn hurried to the house.
On arrival at the scene police officials discovered Mr. Biyapong Pengsakun in the backyard, looking deranged and holding a very sharp sickle to his throat. He would not let anyone approach so police officials tried to negotiate with him in an attempt to defuse the situation. They hoped to distract Mr. Byapong so that they could attempt to disarm him, but this tactic was not successful as the area was open and Mr. Biyapong could easily see any attempt to sneak up on him. After 2 hours the man’s father, Mr Somsak Pensakun (40) decided to try to talk to his son himself. He brought water to his son and invited him to talk to him. This relaxed his son a little and therefore when the father saw an opportunity he jumped at his son and grabbed the sickle. Police officials then joined the melee immediately and assisted Mr. Somsak with disarming and restraining his suicidal son. During the ensuing chaos Mr. Biyapong accidentally injured his father with the sickle however a nurse was on hand to provide first aid for an injury to Mr. Somsak’s hand.
Mr. Somsak stated that his son had been depressed and fixated ever since his wife, Mrs. Aphiwan Pengsakun (or Boom, 18), had accidentally rolled onto their 1 year old daughter, Supachanaya (or Nongyaimai) in her sleep, smothering her to death. The distraught mother later took her own life using a gun on the 22nd December 2010. This combined tragedy caused great sorrow for the whole family/household, but it had hit his son the hardest. Everybody in the house had been trying to cheer Mr.Biyapong up and encouraging him. They tried in every way to lessen the feelings he must have been going through following the sudden combined loss of his wife and child, but without success. Mr. Biyapong had stopped eating and was not sleeping properly, he was showing acute symptoms of stress and didn’t seem able to cope. Eventually this had led to the suicidal action of holding a sickle to his throat and wishing to die.