Those Thai cabbies do NOT f*** around!
A Thai taxi driver was charged with murder after police say he stabbed and slashed an American passenger to death over a fare worth less than $2.
The Saturday night scuffle in Bangkok was partially caught on camera and shows a man — later identified as 32-year-old driver Chidchai Utmacha — wielding a long blade at his victim, authorities said Monday.
Utmacha confessed to pulling a 12-inch machete from his trunk and hacking at Troy Lee Pilkington, but told police he acted in self-defense after the American charged at him.
Pilkington got out of the taxi and refused to pay a 51 baht fare, or the equivalent of $1.60, which led to the deadly dispute, said police Lt. Col. Teerayut Maiplaeng.
The surveillance footage shows the cabbie driver gripping a machete as the other man flails his arms and tries to grab the driver along a busy street. The two men then move out of the camera’s view. Seconds later, the sword-swinging driver reappears in the frame as he bolts from the scene.
California-born Pilkington, 51, was living in Thailand for at least three years as a senior official at the American machinery company Caterpillar Inc. He spoke fluent Thai, Teerayut said.
Utmacha told investigators that he picked up Pilkington from a department store and was driving him home. But his passenger claimed the meter was rigged, and then stormed out of the cab while they sat in traffic.
Utmacha said the American then threw a cup of coffee at him when he demanded the fare. That’s when he pulled the blade from his trunk to threaten him, but the driver said Pilkington ran at him.
The victim had a cut to his head, a stab wound to his chest and cuts to his left wrist, according to The Nation newspaper.
Police identified the driver from the video footage and arrested him at his house on Sunday. The machete was found in a nearby canal, the Bankgkok Post reported.
How broke WAS this cabbie if he has to murder a guy over 2 fawking dollars?! SMH
R.I.P. Troy Lee Pilkington
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