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Autopsy finds injuries in ex-land official’s alleged suicide

PHUKET: Police coroners have concluded that bleeding in the stomach, a ruptured liver and suffocation caused the death of a former Phuket land chief who was reported to have used his socks to hang himself while in DSI custody.

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Wednesday 31 August 2016, 07:41PM


DSI officials invite reporters to see the detention room where former land official Thawatchai Anukul hanged himself. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd
DSI officials invite reporters to see the detention room where former land official Thawatchai Anukul hanged himself. Photo: Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

The Police General Hospital’s Institute of Forensic Medicine released the result of a post-mortem examination of Thawatchai Anukul, 66, a former official attached to both the Phuket and Phang Nga land offices, today (Aug 31).

Thawatchai’s younger brother, Mr Chainarong said the autopsy results indicated that the rupture of liver was caused by forcible contact with a hard, blunt object.

DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang said the doctor who treated the suspect has been asked to clarify if the liver rupture was caused by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by officials who attempted to resuscitate him. 

Thawatchai was allegedly involved in numerous land fraud cases in Phuket and Phang Nga. He was arrested on Monday (Aug 29) on charges of illegally issuing land deeds for up to 1,000 plots of land worth more than B10 billion in the two southern provinces. 

Officials at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) reacted quickly, saying no foul play was involved and suggested Thawatchai may have committed suicide.

He had shown signs of stress given that he would have had to stand trial in several cases related to land offences that were being investigated by Anti-Money Laundering Office and the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Thawatchai was being held in a detention room on the sixth floor of the DSI headquarters after his interrogation finished at 3:45pm on Monday. 

He was found in a semi-sitting position with his back against the room’s door at 2am yesterday, with his socks wrapping around his neck and attached to a door hinge, according to deputy DSI chief Songsak Raksaksakun.

He was still alive. Officials performed CPR but failed to revive him before he was rushed to Mongkutwattana General Hospital. Thawatchai was pronounced dead at 4”45am.

Mr Chainarong, who went to the Police Hospital to collect Thawatchai’s body, said the family did not suspect anyone in Thawatchai’s death. 

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However, he wanted an explanation as to why a DSI official who was guarding the detention room originally said Thawatchai had ripped up his shirt and used it to hang himself, whereas the chief of the detention unit, Chayapol Warncha-aim said he used his socks. 

The family asked officials for permission to view footage of CCTV cameras near the room but was told that no cameras were installed in the area, he added.

Later today, Col Songsak affirmed the suspect used his socks to hang himself and had not been beaten. The autopsy results only showed bruises on his neck and there were no signs of trauma to his body. 

His relatives were present during the interrogation and they were informed immediately after Thawatchai was found with the socks wrapped around his neck. 

Col Songsak earlier said there was no security camera in the room and that the suspect was allowed to wear socks because “it was an air-conditioned room which was cold at night”.

Col Songsak also rejected rumours that Thawatchai may have been “silenced” and the killing was masterminded by influential figures behind the land-related offences, saying there was no evidence to back the claim. 

“An investigation has been launched to determine if any official has committed dereliction of duty or any criminal offence related to the incident,” he added.

Col Paisit said CCTV footage would be checked to see who entered and left the room before the suspect was found.

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Joe12 | 02 September 2016 - 14:52:26

Kurt...if you read the article, the Doctors have not dismissed any theory. They are merely responding to specific Police questions

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Kurt | 01 September 2016 - 18:55:37

Doctors dismissed DSI theory.
So, the contradictive statements of 2 non medical experienced Colonels are just nonsense.
And DSI seems to be lying.

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Kurt | 01 September 2016 - 18:44:41

Funny thai Joe12.
He forget to mention the statement of the other Colonel.
He forget to mention any contradictive talks about CCTV cameras. Are they there or not there?
Different Colonels say different, contradictive, things.
That thai Joe12 is just mindsetting picking cherries in his writings, is not analytical, just bewildered.

Just rule out that RTP bla bla. Forget them.
Just stick to the fight between the thai doctors and DSI.
Keep it simple.
Let us wait and see.  
A brother is not a party in this autopsy discussion.
Thai Joe12, of course, is not thinking academically..

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Joe12 | 01 September 2016 - 18:06:27

Kurt...as usual don't know how you arrive at your claim that "Hospital and doctors dismiss DSI's cause of death theory." They have said no such thing nor can they.

It's quite normal during any investigation, to pose all manner of questions, just like one would under cross examination in Court, so I fail to see your connection with a "cover up" or of the other bizarre comments you make. The Coroner would also want to see or hear those statements as well in order to make substantive findings, not the ramblings of a lunatic.


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Kurt | 01 September 2016 - 15:17:34

Hospital and doctors dismiss DSI's cause of death theory.

This seems to be a DSI attempt  to cover up the real happening.
Quite a scandal that DIS tries to put the blame on hospital staff.

.."Hospital staff might have killed the suspect due to staff's resuscitation...

Ever seen such a stupid dog tailing twisting? 
Why DSI not just admit they did hit the 66 years old man with a blunt object and give him chance to 'hang' himself, in order to protect very, very influential people?

At least this DSI director should be moved from his position.
Absolute incapable to hold his position.
Lying and accusing just to cover up can not be accepted by NCPO and the nation.

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Joe12 | 01 September 2016 - 12:24:19

Kurt...Inspector Peroit is at it again, but as usual cant read. The article states, "Thawatchai’s younger brother, Mr Chainarong said the autopsy results indicated that the rupture of liver was caused by forcible contact with a hard, blunt object." It is Mr Chainarong giving the possible cause of the ruptured liver, not the autopsy. An autopsy report would never concern itself as to the possible cause of a trauma only the finding/observation.  The article then states, "The autopsy results only showed bruises on his neck and there were no signs of trauma to his body."

The article also states, "Col Songsak affirmed the suspect used his socks to hang himself ...(relatives) were informed immediately after Thawatchai was found with the socks wrapped around his neck."

There is no evidence that a conversation took place between a DSI official and Mr Chainarong - other than that stated by Mr Chainarong - "that Thawatchai had ripped up his shirt and used it to hang himself."
 

One cannot draw a conclusion that he couldn't be seen hanging through the glass doors.  For all intents and purposes he would appear to have been sitting on the floor against the door. 

The verbal facts presented to date, seem pretty clear and straight forward to intelligent thinking people. 

 

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Kurt | 01 September 2016 - 09:54:19

Anyway, the suspect was in DSI custody.
The DSI is responsible for the death of the suspect, specially as the DSI declared that the suspect had shown signs of stress.
DSI should have observed the suspect during his detention through that beautiful cel room windows.

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Kurt | 01 September 2016 - 09:39:40

A bleeding stomach, a ruptured liver due to hitting with a hard blunt object, according the post mortem examination.
But later Col Songsak said that autopsy only showed neck bruises.
'Hanging' was not noticed through the glass window of the cel room?
Was it now hanging by shirt or hanging by socks?
According DSI official and Col Songsak declare there are no CCTV cams in the area.
Col Paisit said that CCTV footage will be checked to see who entered and left the room before the suspect was found.

So, are there yes or no CCTV cameras?

Well, it seems to be a messy case, a lot of contradictive chatter by different officials. ( Doctors, DSI, and 2 Colonels)

I put my money on the Doctor. The rest so far only produced cover up nonsense.

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Asterix | 31 August 2016 - 21:07:25

SHERLOCK HOLMES ON DUTY
The best evidences are clear or murky depending of the investigators but who knows the best to find the truth?
That is the sound answer that Sherlock Holmes ought to have to answer sooner or later....

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