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NACC lays ‘light’ blame on police for Red Bull heir’s escape

NACC lays ‘light’ blame on police for Red Bull heir’s escape

BANGKOK: The National Anti-Corruption Commission has found police guilty of mild dereliction of duty in their lenient handling of the fatal hit-and-run case against fugitive Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 26 June 2020, 02:44PM

Mr Vorayuth, who has been seen at public sporting events and elsewhere overseas, is accused of being behind the wheel when his Ferrari hit and killed a motorcycle policeman in the early morning of Sept 3, 2012 on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, reports the Bangkok Post.

An NACC investigation found intention to exempt Mr Vorayuth, now aged 35, from prosecution on charges of drug abuse and speeding. Forensic police concluded he was driving at 177 kilometres per hour.

The commission found negligence on the part of  Pol Lt Col Wiradol Thabthimdee, chief interrogator at Thong Lor police station, and held him accountable for mild malfeasance – a light disciplinary offence.

For the failure to seek a warrant for the arrest of Mr Vorayuth, the NACC ruled it was a light disciplinary violation on the part of Pol Lt Col Wiradol, Pol Col Chumphol Phumphuang, former chief of the Thong Lor police station, and the station’s interrogators, Pol Col Samrit Ketyam and Pol Lt Col Wibul Thinwatanakul.

NACC also found light disciplinary violations by Pol Maj Gen Krit Piakaew, former commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 5, and former deputy commanders of the division Pol Col Sukhun Phrommai and Pol Col Tramet Uthai, for failing to guarantee a thorough investigation and interrogation in the case.

NACC will send its findings to the officers’ supervisors, who will decide on disciplinary action.


Mr Vorayuth, then 27, is accused of driving his black Ferrari when it hit the rear of a policeman’s motorcycle at high speed, and dragging his body along Sukhumvit Road before speeding away. The victim was Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 47, who was based at Thong Lor police station.

Mr Vorayuth delayed hearing the charges seven times. It was not until April 27, 2017, that prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and failing to help a crash victim.

He fled on a private plane two days before he was due to face the charges.

The speeding charge was later dropped when the one-year statute of limitation expired. A second charge – failing to stop and help a crash victim – expired on Sept 3, 2017.

The third and most serious charge, reckless driving causing death, remains on the books until 2027.

Mr Vorayuth, whose nickname is “Boss” is the son of Chalerm Yoovidhya, whose family co-owns the energy drink megabrand Red Bull and ranks second on Thailand’s richest list with net worth estimated at US$20 billion (about B617bn).

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malczx7r | 02 July 2020 - 13:30:20

"mild dereliction of duty" allowing a cop killer to get away with murder, don't see much hope of this getting resolved! Too busy fining farangs smoking or riding without a helmet, real crime! haha

Kurt | 29 June 2020 - 11:23:10

Seven more years than this road killer returns free as a birth to Thailand. Will be welcomed as the lost son, greeted with flowers at Suvarnabhumi airport. Than he is about 42, gets top management position in 'Red Bull' business, and the rest of his life all Thai bow/wai deep for him to show respect. Meanwhile Thai Government knows were he remains. National Money Security, yes?

JohnC | 29 June 2020 - 08:31:18

Light blame on police?? Help me please, I'm dying of laughter.

Fascinated | 27 June 2020 - 22:09:18

Comment blocked yet again.

DeKaaskopp | 27 June 2020 - 19:53:31

" No bucket big enough to catch the puke of this killing affair" Wow ! Very wise and well chosen words.555

Rorri_2 | 27 June 2020 - 15:59:57

and to think there were, 3 or 4, on here, no names mentioned, that rebuked those of us that said he had police help...tch tch... how silent they are now.

LALALA | 27 June 2020 - 13:32:17

Does anybody expected anything else ? What is astonishing in this case that it actually went public at all. Normally this kind of affairs are solved more silently. 

Kurt | 27 June 2020 - 12:18:51

No bucket big enough to catch the puke of this killing affair.  Many softening words, of course in exchange for power- and money support.  Big business, nothing about justice. Very disappointing is  that RTP sh.... her own nest, Afterall it was their police officer killed by a rich idiot boy who just waits abroad til 2027, and all will be forgotten. The justice system for rich Thai at fullest.

Christy Sweet | 27 June 2020 - 10:20:24

And the statute of limitations expires in... 4...3...2....1 Presto, off Scot- free ! 

Fascinated | 26 June 2020 - 19:01:59

I think you will find his nickname is 'Boy' not 'Boss'. Disgraceful that the botched handling of a case involving the death of a police officer is considered a 'light disciplinary offence'. All this not-so Hi-So has to do is stay out of the country long enough and the statute of limitations on the other charge will come into effect. 7 years to go Mummy's cowardly 'B...

Capricornball | 26 June 2020 - 18:47:15

And the travesties of justice continue. Allowing an out-of-control rich kid to get away with murder is certainly no "light" violation. The investigators of the NACC are no less complicit in this miscarriage of justice than every dirty cop that allowed this irresponsible punk to dodge the consequences of his actions. Dirty dirty dirty from the top down, and everyone knows it.

Rorri_2 | 26 June 2020 - 17:23:42

So what happens now, will they actively pursue him, or not, I am leaning towards NOT.


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