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Eight more grilled over actress’s death

BANGKOK: Police said yesterday (Mar 3) they had questioned eight more witnesses in the investigation into the death of TV actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong, who is believed to have drowned in the Chao Phraya River last Thursday after falling overboard.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 4 March 2022, 08:05AM

Police conduct reenactment in the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi on Wednesday, on the speedboat that carried TV actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong on the night of Feb 24. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Police conduct reenactment in the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi on Wednesday, on the speedboat that carried TV actress Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong on the night of Feb 24. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

But police have yet to pinpoint whose negligence caused the actress to fall to her death, said Pol Lt Gen Jirapat Phumjit, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 1.

“No theories have been ruled out so far, whether it was an accident or if there was something else behind the incident… we aim to make [the investigation] as thorough as possible with the help of forensic evidence,” he said.

Among the witnesses grilled yesterday was Surattanavee “Bow TK” Suviporn, a friend of both Tangmo and her manager, Pol Lt Gen Jirapat said.

In total 29 witnesses including four of the five people who accompanied Tangmo on the boat have now been questioned, reports the Bangkok Post.

Only two of the people on the speedboat have been charged so far, he added.

Tangmo’s five companions were Idsarin “Gatick” Juthasuksawat, her manager; Wisapat “Sand” Manomairat; Nitas “Job” Kiratisoothisathorn; Tanupat “Por” Lerttaweewit, the boat owner; and Phaiboon “Robert” Trikanjananun.

Mr Tanupat and Mr Phaiboon have been charged with operating an unlicensed vessel and negligence leading to death. According to a preliminary investigation, Mr Phaiboon was operating the speedboat when Tangmo fell overboard, Pol Lt Gen Jirapat said.

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An analysis of the GPS records is leading investigators to believe the actress fell overboard between 10:29pm and 10:34pm, he said, adding they are now looking into forensic evidence collected from the boat.

The boat was not at the scene when police arrived last Thursday night but Pol Lt Gen Jirapat said no evidence is believed to be missing.

The vessel was seized from NBC Boat Club in Muang district of Nonthaburi the following morning.

Pol Col Chaturon Anurakbandit, superintendent of Nonthaburi’s Muang district police station, dismissed rumours that Mr Tanupat recently donated B3 million to the station.

“We haven’t received the amount claimed and in any case, I insist that everything is being done by the book here.”

Investigators yesterday requested as part of the probe information about the calls made by the five people on the boat from the Technology Crime Suppression Division, who had already collected it, said a source.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged police to speed up the investigation.

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Kurt | 05 March 2022 - 09:16:35

A woman with friends on night tour is falling overboard while open air peeying and whole country is in turmoil, even up to PM. And were there within proper time limit alcohol/drugs test done 'by the book'? No! The moment they start talking about 'by the book' one can be sure it is not done by the book. TIT. And mama shows on tv she is a business woman with her multi million claim..

christysweet | 04 March 2022 - 22:51:18

Boat, night, river, no life jacket... was there drinking?  Accidents do happen. 

CaptainJack69 | 04 March 2022 - 12:02:24

Priorities. For the past week the international media has talked about nothing but Russia's despicable invasion of a sovereign state and the mass-murder of innocent civilians in Ukraine. Meanwhile, in Thailand, the news is dominated  by a drunk Instagramer falling off the back of a speedboat while having  a pee.

Fascinated | 04 March 2022 - 09:22:53

Cont'd due to lack of space. Nice that the reputed bung is out in the open but that raises questions of itself- what are they hiding and where all the occupants tested for Ice and Coke? Probably a rhetorical question.

Fascinated | 04 March 2022 - 09:21:43

Far greater to have a conspiracy than to admit people were either clowning around and an accident happen, or the ultimate indignity of falling off a boat whilst having a pee. Would the PM have got involved if this was a poor fisherman. Hisos (or perceived Hisos) are not as fallible as they think. 


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