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Campaign to help paralysed noodle vendor raises almost B400k

Campaign to help paralysed noodle vendor raises almost B400k

PHUKET: The campaign recently founded by a Phuket expat to help the noodle vendor who was shot and paralysed on Bangla Road by a drunken off duty policeman has raised almost B400,000 in just one week.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 23 May 2021, 10:48AM

Mr Aroon Thongplab is currently in hospital receiving ongoing care after being shot and paralysed by a drunken off duty Phuket police officer on Bangla Rd, Patong in February. Photo: Eric Smulders.

Mr Aroon Thongplab is currently in hospital receiving ongoing care after being shot and paralysed by a drunken off duty Phuket police officer on Bangla Rd, Patong in February. Photo: Eric Smulders.

Mr Aroon Thongplab, who is married with two young children, was shot by Cpl Pornthep Channarong on Patong’s main nightlife entertainment street in the early hours of Feb 23.

Pornthep’s errant shot hit Mr Aroon’s spine and subsequently paralysed him. He has been receiving ongoing care in hospital ever since.

Phuket resident Eric Smulders was so moved with the plight of Mr Aroon, 25, that he founded a donation drive in conjunction with AC Legal Advisors to assist him and his family.

The site went live on May 14 and as of last Friday (May 21) had raised B394,907.97 from a total of 50 donations predominantly from the expat community, many of whom chose to remain anonymous.

The only compensation provided to Mr Aroon and his family by the Royal Thai Police thus far is B20,000, received in February. Mr Aroon’s wife Kulthida Chananan has sought further assistance but nothing has been forthcoming.

“This man’s life and that of his wonderful family have been destroyed and he will need help for a long time,” Mr Smulders told The Phuket News on May 14.

“The family needs to rent a larger room as where they currently stay is just too small. They also need to pay for medical supplies, diapers, regular nursing care, and more.”

Mr Smulders presently estimates that the family, the couple have one young daughter and a baby boy, will need at least B25,000 per month, much of that just for rent.

Bail denied

Pornthep, who was stripped of his rank and dismissed from the police force following the unprovoked attack, has been charged with attempted murder, carrying a firearm in a public area without necessary reason, and firing a weapon in a public area.

On Wednesday (May 19) he was denied the right to post bail by The Phuket Provincial Court.

“As Pornthep had confessed to what he did, the court said they had no reason to release him,” commented Bangkok-based lawyer Kerdphol Kaewkerd, who is providing free legal assistance to Mrs Kulthida.

“Pornthep told the court that he wanted to be temporarily released so that he could find ways to raise money to provide financial relief to Mr Aroon’s family,” added Mr Kerdphol.

“He also told the court that he wanted to return guns and other equipment which he kept in his house to the Royal Thai Police. His parents could not find them, so he wanted to do it himself.”

The court, however, denied his request and will hear witness testimonies and examine the defendant’s confession on June 28.

The donation drive to assist Mr Aroon and his family is ongoing. Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so directly to:

Account Name: Ms Kuntita Chananan
Account Number: 674 0397010
Bank Name: Bangkok Bank
Swift Code: BKKBTHBK

“After you make the transfer please inform me via email, by LINE ID tum_jaruwan or by mobile: 081 8931647,” Ms Jaruwan noted.

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Christy Sweet | 24 May 2021 - 13:14:08

The statement  re 25,000 baht  is  for all monthly necessities, not just rent which seems reasonable and even spartan  for a family.  The phrase "much of" does not mean all or even a majority  but a large portion.  

Kurt | 24 May 2021 - 09:46:34

As far we can read in press, there is a lot of absence of empathy from RTP side towards mr Aroon. Moral wise.  Question is, how far goes RTP responsibility when a police officer is wrong doing/drunk when he is off duty? Perhaps a good start that when RTP officers finish duty they leave their gun at station house. (?)

Foot | 23 May 2021 - 23:27:40

So, even though a  Royal Thai Police shot this fellow with a weapon supplied and authorized by them, the Royal Thai Police don't want to do the honorable thing and start paying monthly for the rest of this victim's life, that  the Royal Thai Police destroyed.  So much for "saving face."  Remember, this outstanding police tried to shoot him a second time and when he missed, he kic...

Kurt | 23 May 2021 - 15:26:37

With full respect for Mr Aroon's medical situation and the terrible time for his wife and children. There are this moment villa houses ( without stairs) 3 bedrooms, with pool available for less than 20,000 thb rent.

Fascinated | 23 May 2021 - 14:11:13

Most of 25k just for rent of a room? Someone needs to re-do their sums- one can rent an entire house for 10-15k a month. 


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