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Bangla noodle vendor seeks just B15mn for being shot, paralysed by drunk off-duty cop

Bangla noodle vendor seeks just B15mn for being shot, paralysed by drunk off-duty cop

PHUKET: The lawyer representing Aroon Thongplab, the young noodle vendor shot in the stomach by a drunk off-duty police officer on Bangla Rd in Patong early on Feb 23 last year, has revealed that the family is seeking just B15 million in damages so they can get on with their lives.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 20 March 2022, 06:41PM

Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Mr Aroon, 25 years old at the time, was shot in the stomach by Pornthep Channaong, a corporal with the Phuket Provincial Police who had just been transferred to Region 8 Police at the time.

Pornthep was quickly stripped of his rank and discharged from the Royal Thai Police. He is now on trial for attempted murder, carrying a firearm in a public area without necessary reason, and firing a weapon in a public area.

Mr Aroon has been left paralysed from the waist down after surgeons removed the bullet, which had lodged near his spine. His wife, Kulthida Chananan, spends most of her time caring for him, and their two young children.

The trial was first deferred in August last year, and again in September. Finally, Phuket Provincial Court heard witness testimonies last week, with Mr Aroon testifying on Thursday and Friday (Mar 17-18), explained Kerdphol Kaewkerd, a Bangkok-based lawyer assisting Mr Aroon with the case for free.

Mr Kerdphol travelled to Phuket, driving himself from Bangkok, to assist Mr Aroon with the court proceedings.

“In total the court is scheduled to receive testimonies from eight witnesses,” Mr Kerdphol said yesterday (Mar 19).

“As there was not enough time during the two days this week, the court will resume hearing testimonies on April 7,” he said.

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Mr Kerdphol said that he was confident of a guilty verdict in the trial, mostly because of the CCTV footage showing Pornthep shooting Mr Aroon.

The CCTV footage also showed Pornthep taunting and teasing Mr Aroon after he had shot Mr Aroon in the stomach. Mr Aroon is plainly seen begging for mercy while Pornthep taunts him. Pornthep also fires another shot, but misses Mr Aroon due to his drunken state.

Mr Kerdphol explained that he is in Phuket to prepare Mr Aroon and his wife for presenting themselves in court.

Mr Aoon’s condition has improved, but he remains paralysed from the waist down, Mr Lerdphol said.

“He is unable to move from his waist to his toes. He is permanently disabled,” Mr Kerdphol said.

Mr Aroon is seeking just B15mn in damages, Mr Kerdphol confirmed.

“This was calculated from the income he [Mr Aroon] made when he was in good health [selling noodles], and extrapolated from him working from the time when he was shot, aged 25, to 60 years old,” he said.

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BigaAResort | 21 March 2022 - 15:46:19

nobody is going to pay,how ? he is not in the police anymore,has no money (officially) case close,horst

CaptainJack69 | 21 March 2022 - 12:11:58

He'll require round the clock care for the rest of his life, stripping another person of an income. That doubles the amount without even thinking about inflation or that they might improve their situations in 35 years. Then there's the severe emotional trauma. No, 15 million is criminally low. Not that the scum bag will be able to pay anyway.

Foot | 21 March 2022 - 10:54:40

As unusual as it is, Kurt has finally got something right!  The RTP should also cover any medical expense he ever has.  The will do the right thing, right?

JohnC | 21 March 2022 - 09:41:25

15mn Baht in potential earnings from a noodle stall. They must be damn good noodles!!! Anyway, he should be given much more compensation because he will need to be cared for for the rest of his years no doubt.

Kurt | 21 March 2022 - 08:55:01

B15 million only? Cpmpesatiom for 35 years not able to work? ( from 25 till 60 years). What about çompensation for emotional/mental damage for the rest of mr Aroon's life? That should add another B15 million. And what about if that ex low ranking cop has not money to pay after court ruling? In Thailand, ruling is one, but paying is two, and sometimes not done.


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