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Life imprisonment for ‘Joe Ferrari’ and five police

Life imprisonment for ‘Joe Ferrari’ and five police

NAKHON SAWAN: Six policemen, including the former chief of Muang Nakhon Sawan police station, were sentenced to life imprisonment today (June 8) for torturing a drug suspect to death with plastic bags placed over his head.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 8 June 2022, 03:45PM


Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphon, 39, third from left in kevlar vest, answers questions from police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, right, at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Aug 26, 2021. Photo: Police

Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphon, 39, third from left in kevlar vest, answers questions from police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, right, at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Aug 26, 2021. Photo: Police

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct initially gave them the death penalty.

The sentences were commuted to life beause they confessed to some acts, attempted to resuscitate the suspect and gave financial assistance to the victim’s family, reports the Bangkok Post.

The sentence was handed down to former Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphon, 39, who was chief of Nakhon Sawan police station at the time, and five of his subordinates. Thitisan was also known by the nickname “Jo Ferrari” because of his collection of luxury cars.

The other five are: Pol Maj Raweerote Ditthong, formerly investigative inspector; Pol Capt Songyot Klainak, formerly deputy inspector for crime suppression; Pol Lt Thoranin Matwanna, also formerly deputy inspector for crime suppression; Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wisut Boonkhiao and Pol L/C Paweekorn Khammarew.

From Aug 4-6, 2021, they detained drug suspect Jeerapong Thanapat, 24, for questioning at Nakhon Sawan station.

The suspect’s head was covered with plastic bags during questioning and he died as a consequence. A video clip of the questioning was leaked, even though surveillance cameras at the scene were removed afterwards.

The defendants were arraigned on charges of malfeasance, coercion and lethal torture.

Thitisan had denied allegations he and his team were trying to extort money from the suspect, saying they were trying to get information from him because they found pictures of drugs in the suspect’s mobile phone.

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The court’s ruling was delivered via a video conference to the defendants at Klong Prem Central Prison, as a COVID-19 control measure. The victim’s parents were in the courtroom.

The court found the defendants guilty as charged.

Thitisan had denied the fatal torture charge and the five other defendants denied all charges.

A seventh defendant, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Supakorn Nimchuen, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for malfeasance and coercion. The defendant had earlier denied the charges. The term was commuted from eight years because he did confess to some actions in the case, attempted to resuscitate the suspect and gave financial aid to the victim’s family.

Thitisan also made headlines when reporters found 13 luxury cars worth more than B100 million at his B60mn 5-rai mansion in Bangkok.

The Customs Department said that as part of his job Thitisan had confiscated 368 illegal vehicles, including high-end cars, from 2011 to 2017. The department confirmed that Thitisan was eligible for rewards for seizing the vehicles.

Of the cars, 363 were sold at auctions, fetching about B1 billion. A total of 30% of the proceeds were allocated to people who provided information to the authorities, and 25% went to the arresting officers, including police and customs officials.

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DeKaaskopp | 10 June 2022 - 16:49:58

Take a break Kurt ! That " Ferrari Joe " case is overchallenging you and obviously robbing your sleep too. { 02:46:08} 

Kurt | 10 June 2022 - 12:23:16

It is a thai public secret police officers 'buy themselves up' in ranks, not with money from their salary, but corruption. Joe Ferrari, already a full Colonel at 39 (!), is a fine example how that works. Ex PM Thaksin was just Lt Colonel when they stripped him of his rank. The only PM ever re-elected.  Nothing done wrong as RTP servant. Why are Thamarat/Joe Ferrari not stripped?

Kurt | 09 June 2022 - 08:43:51

Omarion, you really believe Joe Ferrari + flock would serve life sentence? He will remain in a special prison with private aircon cel. All the time the prison guards bow and salute him. Eat food, picked from a menu. After 1 year he gets house arrest. Few years later becomed politician, like flour Captain Thamarat.

Kurt | 09 June 2022 - 02:46:08

Any police officer, on- or off duty, torturing/murdering people in custody or un armed in the streets should get the death penalty, No commuting/leniency because of a confession. Confesssions most of the time are even not needed. Photos/videos, etc speak for themself. Strat police reform now! With death penalty for 'not serving and protecting'.

omarion | 08 June 2022 - 22:43:03

@fascinated they got life imprisonment. Which is literally the second harshest sentence possible… What are you even blabbing about? Don’t you have anything better to do besides commenting nonsense on every single news article? Get a life, for real… 

Fascinated | 08 June 2022 - 16:08:09

Unbelievable that they were given leniency for 'trying' to resuscitate the victim. They shouldn't have tortured him and put him in that position in the first place! Also obscene that other officials pocket money for doing their job. Just another day in the'business of 'policing'.

 

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