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Deadly blaze pub owner gets bail

PATTAYA: The Pattaya Provincial Court on Monday (Aug 8) approved the conditional release on bail of the owner of Mountain B pub, where a fire claimed 15 lives and injured 38 other people early last Friday morning.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 9 August 2022, 09:16AM


Mountain B pub owner Pongsiri Panprasong, far right, is interrogated by police at Phlu Ta Luang police station on Saturday. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong / Bangkok Post

Mountain B pub owner Pongsiri Panprasong, far right, is interrogated by police at Phlu Ta Luang police station on Saturday. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong / Bangkok Post

Pongsiri Panprasong was released on a cash surety of B300,000, placed by his lawyer Anucha Wongsrisat, reports the Bangkok Post.

The 27-year-old pub owner must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and not attempt to tamper with any evidence in the case. He has to report back to the court in 24 days, and twice more after that.

Police took him from Phu Ta Luang police station in Sattahip district of Chon Buri, where he has been held since Saturday, to the court in Pattaya, where they applied to detain him for another 12 days to allow further investigation. Police opposed bail.

The court approved the defence counsel’s application for his client’s temporary release.

Mr Pongsri, who is known as “Sia B”, was charged with negligence causing deaths and operating a nightspot without permission. He confessed to both charges.

“I am very sorry. I will do everything to ensure compensation. I will compensate everyone,” he said from a police van before departing the Satthahip police station for the court.

The inferno at Mountain B on Friday morning killed 15 people and injured 38. There were about 100 patrons inside at the time. The blaze started in a roof above the stage, but the cause has not been determined.

Forensic police inspected the fire-gutted pub again on Monday, examining the damaged roof and charred building structure, a police spokesman said.

 

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Capricornball | 10 August 2022 - 11:18:28

Well, there's the first step in not being held accountable, as is routine for "special" people. Perhaps he's seeking professional counselling...like talking to Khun Red Bull that has proven himself a real pro at dodging responsibility and accountability. I wonder if anyone is taking bets as to how long it will be before we hear "club owner flees country".

JohnC | 09 August 2022 - 10:15:32

300,oooB bail only for being responsible for the deaths of 15 people seems very lenient. Well connected no doubt.

 

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