- Troy Lee Pilkington, 51, was stabbed to death in Bangkok
- Thai taxi driver allegedly killed him with a 12in machete
- American expatriate said to have been murdered over $1.60 taxi fare
By Sara Malm DailyMail PUBLISHED: 8 July 2013
A Thai taxi driver has been arrested over the murder of a US man, who he allegedly killed over a $1.50 taxi fare.
Troy Lee Pilkington, 51, was stabbed to death with a machete when he would not pay for his taxi journey in central Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.
The 32-year-old taxi driver confessed that he pulled a 12-inch machete from his trunk and repeatedly stabbed Mr Pilkington when he refused to pay a 51 baht ($1.60) fare.
Murder: American expatriate Troy Lee Pilkington was stabbed to death with a 12inch machete over a £1 ($1.60) taxi fare in Bangkok
American expatriate Troy Lee Pilkington was killed in Bangkok after an altercation with a local taxi driver, Police Lt. Col. Teerayut Maiplaeng said.
Video footage from a surveillance camera captured part his ordeal, which took place Saturday on Bangkok’s busy Sukhumvit Road.
The footage shows the taxi driver swinging a machete as a man, identified as Mr Pilkington, flails his arms and tries to grab the driver.
The two men then move out of the camera’s view, and seconds later, the sword-wielding driver reappears in the frame as he flees the scene.
Mr Pilkington supposedly refused to pay the fare for his taxi in the Thai capital, after which the taxi driver pulled the knife out of his trunk and stabbed him
Mr Pilkington, worked for US machinery company Caterpillar Inc. and had lived in Thailand for at least three years.
The taxi driver, Chidchai Utmacha, told investigators that Pilkington accused him of rigging the taxi’s meter and then stormed out of the cab while they sat in traffic.
He claimed the American threw a cup of coffee at him when he asked for the money, after which he pulled the knife from his trunk and chased after Pilkington.
Police identified the driver from the video footage and arrested him at his house on Sunday.
Chidchai is facing charges of murder and carrying a weapon in public without reasonable cause
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