Samurai sword-wielding taxi driver ‘kills’ American over £1.50 fare-dodge

CCTVThe Sun – by Karen Morrison

A BANGKOK taxi driver accused of using a Samurai sword to kill an American man for a £1.50 fare has been charged with murder.

Dramatic CCTV footage shows Chidchai Utmacha, 32, brandishing a 12-inch machete as he fights with 51-year-old Troy Lee Pilkington.  

The driver has now confessed to pulling the bladed weapon from the boot of his car before hacking Mr Pilkington to death.

men fighting

Fight … the men can be seen brawling

Utmacha can be seen fleeing the scene holding the sword.

The CCTV also shows him re-enacting the alleged attack for the police.

Local media say Utmacha chased after Mr Pilkington when he refused to pay his taxi fare on the Thai capital’s Sukhumvit Road on Saturday.

Utmacha told police Mr Pilkington accused him of rigging the taxi’s metre before storming out while they sat in traffic.

Sukhumvit Road

Bangkok … Sukhumvit Road
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He also claimed the American threw a cup of coffee at him after he demanded the money.

Police Lt Col Teerayut Maiplaeng said Mr Pilkington worked for the machinery company Caterpillar and had lived in Thailand for at least three years.

They were able to identify Utmacha from the CCTV and arrested him yesterday.

He has been charged with murder and carrying a weapon in public without reasonable cause.

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2 thoughts on “Samurai sword-wielding taxi driver ‘kills’ American over £1.50 fare-dodge

  1. This guy had a good job with Caterpillar and he’s trying to beat a hungry cab driver out of $1.50?

    I’m glad he’s dead.

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