Molesting Phuket taxi driver gets suspended sentence
PHUKET: The black taxi driver arrested after subjecting a teenage Chinese tourist to a five-hour ordeal during which he repeatedly molested her, was sentenced to 13 months in prison today, suspended because it was his first conviction.
The Phuket News
Friday 4 October 2013, 07:04PM
The judge initially sentenced Paitoon Kruain to 26 months in jail and a fine of B21,000, but both were halved because he had pleaded guilty.
The judge then decided to suspend the sentence because the offences – abduction, molestation and driving under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine, were all first convictions.
The 19-year-old Chinese tourist gave evidence in Paitoon's trail weeks ago, before returning to China.