Senator shoots and kills his female secretary

Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat 
By: Shifra Unger 

Never mix family and business. Thai Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat, 55, hired his first cousin, Chanakarn Detkard, 46, as his secretary.

One day, the two were traveling to Bangkok, in the senator's car when they stopped for dinner at a restaurant in Tambon Mae Keng.

While waiting for their meal, Kowawisarat took out a gun and accidentally fired it, hitting his assistant in her stomach.

When police arrived at the scene, Kowawisarat told them that he was so shocked by what happened that he was unable to take Detkard to the hospital by himself.

Instead, the owner of the restaurant rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, police officer Choosak said.

Senator Kowawisarat hasn't been arrested yet as he is protected by parliamentary privilege.

Police said that they are working on taking away his parliamentary immunity so that he can be charged with causing death by negligence. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Police are still investigating as to why Boonsong was carrying the loaded gun, and why he took it into the restaurant. Police also want to know why he took the loaded gun out of its holster in the restaurant, which was full of people.