March 18, 2017

Peter John William

A swarm of bees became deadly for an elderly Australian man. He was stung to death while the village was preparing food and accidently destroyed a beehive.

Chiang Kham Provincial Police Station was informed of the unusual incident on Saturday morning at around 11:00. Pol Capt Bandit Mutdimanka, who is leading the investigation, and additional officers were dispatched to the scene.

According to police, the incident had taken place in Ban Krai Baka village in Phayao’s Nam Wae subdistrict. “We found the man at house 188 where he lived,” Pol Capt Bandit said. “The body was covered with numerous red and green bruise marks all over his body.”

During the investigation, police identified the man as Peter John William, a 64-year-old Australian. The investigator spoke to Ammasawan Wongganta, a resident of the village whose house was close to Mr William’s.

“She told us that the village was preparing food for oblation when the heat of the grill and the thick smoke busted a beehive”, Pol Capt Bandit quoted the neighbour. The villagers then panicked and fled. Mr William did not run but tried to hide from the provoked swarm under a tree.

Eventually, the bees discovered Mr William and attacked him until he was no longer able to breathe. When the attack was over, a relative of Mrs Ammasawan tried to rush Mr William to a nearby hospital but had to give up. He had already died.

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Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: March 18, 2017
Last Edited: 8 months ago
Age: 64 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Australian
Cause of Death: Animal attack
Province: Phayao
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