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Phuket officer gets 25 years for drunken Bangla shooting

Phuket officer gets 25 years for drunken Bangla shooting

PHUKET: Disgraced Phuket police officer Pornthep Channaong has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for shooting a 25-year-old noodle vendor on Bangla Rd while drunk off duty in February last year.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 17 August 2022, 09:47AM


The news was announced by Kerdphol Kaewkerd, a Bangkok-based lawyer assisting Mr Aroon with the case for free, yesterday (Aug 16).

Phuket Police have yet to comment on the sentencing.

Pornthep was drunk off-duty when he shot noodle vendor Aroon Thongplab in the stomach on Bangla Rd in Patong early on Feb 23 last year. He was corporal with the Phuket Provincial Police who had just been transferred to Region 8 Police at the time.

Pornthep was stripped of his rank and discharged from the Royal Thai Police quickly after the shooting. He stood trial for attempted murder, carrying a firearm in a public area without necessary reason, and firing a weapon in a public area.

Mr Kerdphol said that CCTV footage showing Pornthep shooting Mr Aroon was instrumental in the court handing down the guilty verdict.

The CCTV footage showed Pornthep taunting and teasing Mr Aroon after he had shot Mr Aroon in the stomach. Mr Aroon is plainly seen on the ground begging for mercy while Pornthep taunts him. 

Pornthep also fired another shot, but missed Mr Aroon due to his drunken state.

Mr Aroon survived the shooting, but was left paralysed from the waist down after surgeons removed the bullet, which had lodged near his spine.

The shooting left his wife, Kulthida Chananan, to spend her time caring for him, and their two young children.

CHARGES

Pornthep was found guilty of four charges.

He was sentenced to 33 years and four months imprisonment for attempted murder.

Thai Residential

He was also fined B1,000 for carrying a firearm in a public area without due reason, and fined B1,000 for firing a firearm in a public area without due reason.

Added to his sentence was two months imprisonment for drug use ‒ a detail that Phuket police have never admitted was a factor in the incident.

Pornthep had entered a plea of not guilty to all charges, Mr Kerdphol explained.

However, the court decided to reduce Pornthep’s sentencing by one quarter in light of his assistance with the trial.

His sentences were reduced to 25 years and four months imprisonment for attempted murder, 15 days’ jail for drug use, and the firearms fines reduced to B1,000.

DАMAGES

The family was seeking just B15 million in damages so they could get on with their lives.

However, the court instead ruled that damages totaling B7,992,500 was appropriate, to be paid over 20 years, Mr Kerdphol explained.

In recognition of the shooting, national police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk donated B100,000 to the family. The day after the shooting Region 8 Police donated B20,000 and the Phuket Provincial Police donated B10,000. 

Understanding the costs of caring for a diasbled person and the physical rehabilitation required, local expat Eric Smulders launched a campaign urging people to support the family.

The campaign raised almost B400,000 in just one week.

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JohnC | 19 August 2022 - 09:27:57

So the court only awarded the victim less than 400,000B per year over 20 years and the cops "in recognition of the shooting" give the family a pitiful 130,000B. The local expat raised much more. Surely the RTP could have launched a similar campaign if they really cared about him, and their constantly tainted reputations...

Fascinated | 18 August 2022 - 13:11:03

Great that he's been convicted but B1k for carrying a firearm and another for firing it are  no deterrent. I know someone who just got a B500 fine for speeding- she just laughed and said 'well, next time I'll go faster, its the same price'. Fines need to be dragged into the 21st century.

Kurt | 18 August 2022 - 08:57:54

@ Old guy, Region 8 Pol donated 20,000, and Phuket prov Pol 10,000 only, perhaps they don't understand the cost of caring for a disabled person + the psysical rehabilitation requirements? Or pretend not to know. But was a great initiative of a foreigner to start fundrising campaign, which we all could have joined.

Old guy | 17 August 2022 - 20:04:54

Great news. But... Why didn't the police give more than they did? It wasn't enough to even pay for the first week hospital cost. 

 

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