PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: A 38-year-old man arrested for shooting a 9-year-old boy out of a tree and then burying the body has told police he mistook the child for a squirrel.
Police from Ban Nong Phlab in Hua Hin district said Pramook Khosin, of Moo 11 village in tambon Bueng Nakhon of Hua Hin, was arrested about 10pm on Wednesday on a charge of murder.
The suspect told police that on Sunday he took a .22 rifle into a local forest to hunt birds and squirrels for a meal.
He had noticed some movement in a tree but could not see what it was. Assuming it was a bird or squirrel, he fired a shot - and was shocked on seeing a boy fall to the ground.