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Fatal fire pub owner detained, admits guilt

Fatal fire pub owner detained, admits guilt

CHON BURI: The owner of the Sattahip pub that burned down early on Friday morning (Aug 5), killing 15, is under detention at a police station after he reported to police last night.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 7 August 2022, 04:39PM


Mountain B owner Pongsiri Panprasong (head bowed, wearing a cap) is escorted inside the building after he arrived at Phlu Ta Luang police station for an informal reading of the charges. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong

Mountain B owner Pongsiri Panprasong (head bowed, wearing a cap) is escorted inside the building after he arrived at Phlu Ta Luang police station for an informal reading of the charges. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong

His lawyer said his client had confessed to all charges, reports the Bangkok Post.

Pongsiri Panprasong, 27, reported to Phlu Ta Luang police. He was promptly escorted into the police station building without talking to meda gathered outside.

The detention took place soon after the Pattaya Provincial Court signed an arrest warrant for him on the following two charges:

- Negligent acts that cause the death of other persons

- Operating a nightspot without permission

The pub that burned down, Mountain B, was registered as a restaurant.

Mr Pongsiri was taken to the cells at the police station after hours of interrogations with no bail allowed by the police.

Lawyer Anucha Wongsrisat said his client had confessed to the charges and he will request bail approval from the court tomorrow by depositing B1 million in cash as surety.

An inferno gutted the pub in Sattahip district of Chon Buri at 1am on Friday, killing 15 people and injuring 38, some of them seriously. At least 100 pub-goers were packed inside Mountain B when the fire broke out, prompting them to flee for their lives.

The blaze began in a roof over a performance stage before it quickly spread to other areas. Investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of the tragedy.

The lawyer said Mr Anucha promised to pay the families of the dead B50,000 each, with B10,000 for each person injured.

Many families have complained that they had not been contacted by the pub owner to them since the deadly fire.

The owner’s wife, Anongnart, 31, said she and her husband did not escape their responsibility and helped the nightlife revellers that night.

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Kurt | 08 August 2022 - 08:54:30

For a young person, with probably a whole life ahead, dead. Worth 50,000 Baht only.Life is cheap in Thailand. Guess that owner has to pay much more for 'mediation' to stay out of prison. As immediately 5 high ranking RTP's are transferred makes to think he is influencial.

Prab | 08 August 2022 - 08:13:29

50K THB for a dead person? really? 

Nasa12 | 08 August 2022 - 05:39:54

Well then we see if Mr Pongsiri Panprasong, start to talking about ho it’s get paid. 

 

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