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Drunk doctor avoids jail time for fatal road crash

Drunk doctor avoids jail time for fatal road crash

THON BURI: The Thon Buri district court has sentenced a police doctor, charged with drunk driving and causing two deaths and a serious injury in a crash in Bangkok last year, to three years in jail suspended for two years.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 8 November 2022, 02:39PM

Panurak: Given lenient sentence. Photo: Bangkok Post

Panurak: Given lenient sentence. Photo: Bangkok Post

Dr Panurak Rattanapaisorn, a surgeon at the Police General Hospital, was originally sentenced to six years and ordered to pay a fine of B202,000, but both penalties were later halved following his confession. The court also ordered his jail term to be suspended for two years, reports the Bangkok Post.

According to the prosecutors, on Aug 29 last year the doctor, who holds the rank of captain, was driving during the early evening along Ratchapruek Road in Phasicharoen district while drunk at a speed in excess of the 80km/h speed limit.

He lost control of his Porsche and crashed into a Honda Civic, killing Pornyamol Sae Lim, 29, and Chakrit Siri-issaranan, 75, who were passengers and seriously injuring Pongpetch Siri-issaranan, 44, the driver.

After the sentencing yesterday (Nov 7), Kantapong Siri-issaranan, Chakrit’s son and Ms Pongpetch’s older brother, said he would not only appeal, but also call on the court to increase the jail term and drop its suspension. He insisted the doctor had not repented as he denied the charges all the way up until the trial began.

The defendant had offered compensation worth B1.5 million for the death of his father and B1mn for Ms Pongpetch’s injury.

“The two compensation portions combined are not even worth half the price of his Porsche,” Mr Kantapong said.

During the investigation, Dr Panurak said he did not feel drunk while driving and the accident was a result of the wet evening. He said he had tried to revive Chakrit but failed.

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Kamala Pete | 09 November 2022 - 14:38:47

So you can do whatever you want, providing you "confess and repent". Hmmm, sounds very Catholic to me!

JohnC | 09 November 2022 - 09:24:27

A complete travesty of justice. A very clear cut case of who you are and what 'status' you hold in a so-called 'civilised society'. What a joke this makes of Thai laws, except the families of the dead are not amused and they definitely should not be. Life sentence should have been a no brainer. Nice to have influential cronies....

Capricornball | 09 November 2022 - 00:49:51

@Poolie...yeah, you're probably right...backwater events in a backwater country aren't really too earth shattering.  It sucks nonetheless

Pooliekev | 08 November 2022 - 20:04:27

I very much doubt the developed world really care, to be honest. 

Capricornball | 08 November 2022 - 17:54:32

Nothing but infuriating. All the lives this POS hi-so lowlife destroyed, and still managed to buy his way out of what should have been a life sentence for his reckless and irresponsible actions. This is a complete insult to the families of the deceased, and I don't see how they can contain their rage. The lack of justice in Thailand fuels bewilderment and outrage across the developed world.


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