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Phuket masseuse says wrongly convicted of theft, seeks help from Court of Appeal

PHUKET: A 32-year-old Thai woman from Ratchaburi province who has received a 10-year sentence for theft from Trang Provincial Court is seeking assistance from the Region 8 Court of Appeal in Phuket as she says she has been wrongly convicted in the case.

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Saturday 11 February 2017, 11:28AM

Ms Phawitra Konggompon, 32, says she has been wrongly convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Ms Phawitra Konggompon, 32, says she has been wrongly convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

At around midday yesterday (Feb 10), Ms Phawitra Konggompon, 32, who currently works at a spa in Karon, visited the Region 8 Court of Appeal to hand over documents which she says prove she has been wrongly convicted of theft in a case dating back to 2011.

A representative of the court, Mr Chayathip Chitluag, received the documents on the court’s behalf.

Explaining her story, Ms Phawitra said, “I need help because I have been wrongly convicted of theft and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on April 2, 2016. I was accused of stealing necklaces and amulets worth over B700,000 from a customer of a restaurant where I worked in Trang.

I need the help of the Court of Appeal in appealing my conviction because I have to take care of my young son and I have not got the money for a lawyer to help me fight my case,” she said.

I have come here to the Court of Appeal so that they can examine the evidence I have again. Evidence includes CCTV images which officers from Hat Samran Police Station in Trang say proves I was the thief.

However, the woman seen in this image is not me. Furthermore, fingerprints taken from the scene are not mine,” Ms Phawitra said.

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I have already asked police to recheck the evidence but they have not made any progress in doing this.

I would also like to have to opportunity to see the victim in this case as I have never seen this person before. Even on the day I was convicted the victim was asked to identify me as the thief, but this was done via a video link,” she added.

This whole issue dates back to 2011 when I was employed at a restaurant in Trang and an arrest warrant was issued by Hat Samran Police Station after a customer of the restaurant had B700,000 worth of valuables stolen.

Police have never been able to find anyone responsible for the theft so last year they decided to arrest me and say I was the thief,” Ms Phawitra concluded.

Mr Chayathip said that having heard details of Ms Phawitra’s predicament, the Region 8 Court of Appeal would provide her with a lawyer to help her fight this case and clear her name.  



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Jor12 | 11 February 2017 - 18:05:17

Kurt.... Other than what is stated in the article by Ms Phawitra, there is nothing to indicate what Police enquiries were carried out. Did Police interview and get a statement from her? Did they search her home or bank accounts? interview fellow workers? Obtain full details from the complainant including insurances? Ms Phawitra had her day in Court, so she could have said then that it was not her in the video, but that evidence appears to have been rejected by the Court as was her fingerprints...not by Police. Even the case to which you refer is riddled with anomalies.

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jogi | 11 February 2017 - 15:37:55

if that Thai lady manage to clear her name, i hope her lawyer winn her case. there will be still a open account and a 10 year jailsentence to be sort it out. no problem, everyone who is involved in her wrong conviction must get his fair share on this 10 year jailsentence and court, lawyer, and victim-compensation cost's. let kick this scumbag's arses from the  Hat Samran Police Station

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Kurt | 11 February 2017 - 14:50:07

Another sad story.
Sounds a bit like that lady teacher who served already prison time  ( car accident, but not her car + witness saw a man)
Thai police, a nightmare when it comes to justice.

If true: 
The woman in CCTV 'evidence is not her, and fingerprints are not her's.
And identifying her as thief just by ( unlawful) video link.
Shame on Thai police. Dumb and sloppy.
Hope this not-influential thai woman finds justice.

It seems that RTP scores quite well with framing evidence and get wrong thai people in jail.
Just for promotion?

And who has 700,000 thb valuables with him when going to a thai restaurant?
Even paying in a restaurant with a credit card holds already the risk to be skimmed.

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