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Murder rap cop denies intent to kill

BANGKOK: The former chief of Muang police station in Nakhon Sawan accused of ordering the fatal torture of a drug suspect says he just “assaulted” the victim, and did not torture and murder him.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 4 September 2021, 09:07AM

Thitisan Utthanaphon, centre, is at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Aug 26. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut

Thitisan Utthanaphon, centre, is at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok on Aug 26. Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut

Thitisan Utthanaphon also denied media reports that he was suffering from bipolar disorder, according to his lawyer.

Chokechai Angkaew, who is representing the accused, said he met his client at Phitsanulok prison last week and Thitisan was mentally stable.

Mr Chokechai said the suspect and his legal team will fight the case on the grounds that although an assault was committed, there was no intention of killing the victim.

Thitisan has been charged with premeditated murder by means of torture, unlawful deprivation of liberty and malfeasance.

The former Muang Nakhon Sawan police chief could get the death penalty if found guilty.

Assault leading to death without intention, or manslaughter, however, carries a 3–15-year jail sentence, said a police source.

Mr Chokechai said Thitisan insisted that although he covered the victim’s head with plastic bags, he had no intention of killing him.

“Investigators have the right to press a charge of premeditated murder caused by torture, but he will attempt to have that commuted to an accident as a result of physical harm," said the lawyer.

“Investigators will shine the light of truth on the case files before the court goes on to reach a final verdict,” he said.

“His bail request has yet to be made. I’ve discussed the matter with Pol Col Thitisan’s family as this case has caught the attention of the public,” said Mr Chokechai.

The former police suspect has also denied the claim that he suffers from bipolar disorder as reported by local media, said the lawyer.

It is true that officials found some “antidepressant” medicines in his room but it is normal for people under stress to use such drugs and it does not mean he is bipolar.

Earlier, some had speculated that Thitisan might try to claim diminished responsibility due to a psychological disorder.

Thitisan and the six other suspects in the fatal torture scandal were transferred from Phitsanulok to Bangkok’s Klongprem Prison yesterday (Sept 3).

The transfer request was made by the Crime Suppression Division which has taken over the case.

Pol Maj Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, said the seven suspects had reaffirmed their denial of the accusations.

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JohnC | 05 September 2021 - 09:03:46

What a joke. Could get the death penalty, which means nothing because no death sentences are hardly ever carried out in Thailand. Many cases it should be done,, especially to those who use their position for their own means. This is a prime example of the worst of the worst who is well connected and wealthy enough to get away with it. I wonder which inactive post he will be rewarded with?

Capricornball | 04 September 2021 - 15:46:35

Once all the assets have been distributed within the tribe, I see a 3-year sentence being commuted for "good behavior"...then Khun Thitisan can get back out there and return to his lucrative trade of fleecing more drug dealers until he rebuilds a mere portion of his filthy wealth, then he'll slither off to a quiet life, looking down on the "little people".

Capricornball | 04 September 2021 - 15:42:30

The wheels of injustice are turning, and the strategy agreed upon to free this crook has been established. This cash-cow is every crooked cops career dream. Like a pack of rabid hyenas, they will clean this financial carcass to the bone, starting with the big boys that will get the lion's share of assets, with each lower level crooked cop feeding on the scraps left behind.

Christy Sweet | 04 September 2021 - 12:52:19

So what, someone died in the commission of a crime- any crime but this was torture and extortion no less- and you are guilty  of murder. Of course he didn't 'intend' for the man to die, can't extort a corpse. 

Fascinated | 04 September 2021 - 12:08:11

It seems the police are more interested in helping him than gathering evidence to prosecute him. Will this descend to the level of a 'mis-understanding' and he walks? Fortunately the evidence is widely available on social media and can't disappear on this occasion, although next they'll be claiming the images were photo-shopped! Best police force money can buy.

Mj | 04 September 2021 - 11:16:34

Of course if you put a plastic back and twist it tight for so long time anyone will know this will be fatal.
Give him 10 years in jail and after that put a plastic bag and twist it for the same amount of time as he did.

Christy Sweet | 04 September 2021 - 10:52:57

Bi polar people, and I grew up with a sibling later diagnosed with this disorder are fine.. until they're not. 

Nasa12 | 04 September 2021 - 09:19:04

Well it’s took RTP  9 min and 46 seconds to kill this boy, and off course this it’s not the first time they do that, if you see the movie.


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