Painters get rope cut by angry condominium resident while working 26 floors (Thai police)

A condominium resident in Thailand cut the support rope for two painters, apparently angry that she was not told they would be working, and left them hanging above the 26th floor until what a couple saves them, police said on Wednesday.

The woman faces charges of attempted murder and destruction of property, Pol. Colonel Pongjak Preechakarunpong, chief of the Pak Kret police station north of the Thai capital, told The Associated Press.

Pongjak did not say what prompted the suspect to cut the rope, but Thai media reported that she was apparently frustrated when workers appeared outside her room and failed to see the condominium ad that ‘they would work on October 12.

A video clip on social media showed two painters asking residents on the 26th floor to open the window and let them in. One of the painters, a Myanmar national named Song, told Thai media that he and his two friends stooped from the 32nd floor to repair a crack in the building.

When he reached the 30th floor he felt the rope was heavier and when he looked down he saw someone on the 21st floor opening a window and cutting his rope. He tried to ask other units for help, but no one was there. The third colleague continued to support them from the top floor, said Praphaiwan Setsing, the resident who rescued them.

Praphaiwan said her British husband noticed a painter asking for help and called her to speak to them.

“This incident is shocking and shouldn’t happen at all,” she said.

The management of the condominium accompanied the painters to report the incident to the police. The 34-year-old initially denied responsibility, but police sent the cut cord for fingerprint and DNA analysis, media reported.

The woman and her lawyer appeared at the police station on Wednesday. After police showed her the CCTV footage and forensic evidence, she confessed but denied any intention to kill the workers.

Pongjak said the suspect has been temporarily released. Police will file an indictment with the provincial court within 15 days, he said. She could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years if convicted of attempted murder.

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