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Police probe into Phuket student’s death stalls

Police probe into Phuket student’s death stalls

PHUKET: Despite promises that police would be able to bring to conclusion their investigation into the death of 19-year-old student Pornpiphat “Mint” Iaddam at Phuket Rajabhat University in August, the two leading investigators in the case today (Oct 9) would only confirm that the investigation still has yet to conclude, and directed any further enquiries to each other.

By The Phuket News

Friday 9 October 2020, 12:19PM

Phuket City Police Chief Col Theerawat Liamsuwan. Photo: Phuket City Police  / Facebook / file

Phuket City Police Chief Col Theerawat Liamsuwan. Photo: Phuket City Police / Facebook / file

“The investigation is still ongoing and it has yet to conclude,” Phuket City Police Chief Col Theerawat Liamsuwan told The Phuket News this morning.

Col Theerawat confirmed that the initial charge of negligence causing the death presented against a second-year student over the incident remains.

No other new charges have been presented against anyone, or the university, he also confirmed.

“We are still working to our own deadline,” Col Theerawat assured, but declined to answer when he expected the investigation to conclude.

Col Theerawat declined to reveal any other details about the investigation.

“For more details, please ask Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Witoon Kongsudjai,” he said.

Col Witoon is the leading officer at the Phuket Provincial Police overseeing the investigation.

The Phuket News called Col Witoon this morning, but he also declined to comment about the investigation into Nong Mint’s death

“Please ask Col Theerawat about it,” he said, before terminating the conversation.

The stall in the investigation follows Col Theerawat on Sept 25 telling state news agency MCOT, “There will be a meeting of the investigation committees in the coming week, in order to conclude whether any lecturer or university staff will be charged for ignoring their duty or not.”

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Col Witoon later confirmed that the meeting was held on Sept 24, but declined to reval any details from that meeting.

Col Witoon also urged people to understand that the investigation would take time.

However, that call for patience follows deputy national police chief Pol Maj Gen Suchart Theerasawat announcing at Phuket City Police Station on Aug 24, “This case should take a short time to process, and if the medical results come quickly, the case can be prosecuted and closed.”

Maj Gen Suchart had travelled to Phuket to be personally updated on the investigation following Nong Mint’s death becoming major national news amid concerns of hazing being allowed at the Phuket university, as only Nong Mint and other first-year students were ordered to run as punishment for making mistakes during the cheerleading practice.

Doctors have reported to police that Nong Mint’s death was brought on by insufficient blood supply to the heart, leading to heart failure.

There was no explanation of what had caused the heart failure, which is apparently still under investigation – despite widespread initial reports of Nong Mint’s death explaining that the young student had been ordered to run laps around the pond on campus, which has a perimeter of one kilometre. Nong Mint reportedly collapsed during her eighth lap.

She was ordered to run the laps as punishment for making mistakes during cheerleading practice.

The university has consistently denied that Nong Mint died from any form of hazing, although it has since been confirmed that only first-year students who made mistakes during the cheerleading practice were ordered to run laps.

The university also maintains that Nong Mint and the other first-year students were ordered to run laps around the car park where the cheerleading practice was held, and not around the campus pond.

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Jor12 | 11 October 2020 - 18:18:05

also, your diatribe gives no indication of positive identification such as their names tattooed of their foreheads or vehicle registration numbers, without which, positive investigation is pointless and a waste of Police time for which you should be charged

Jor12 | 11 October 2020 - 16:29:30

Christy...read my post "....as being incompetent IN THIS MATTER."  I believe your post to be merely an embellishment of the true facts, if in fact they occurred. 

DeKaaskopp | 11 October 2020 - 14:46:34

@Christy,regarding that man with his ...I remember that this is not the first incident of this kind involving you. Strange,very strange !

Christy Sweet | 11 October 2020 - 11:34:33

On Thurs, Oct 8, a young man,  banged on my door aggressively, with his penis out masturbating, exclaiming in broken English " we're gonna f*ck" Police came quickly enough but couldn't be bothered to take a picture of his clear foot print left behind,  nor was there anyone at the police station who spoke English to take my description. I asked why I'm not allowed to own a gun...

Christy Sweet | 11 October 2020 - 11:30:12

A few years back 3 teens on a motorbike rear ended my car. Instead of helping me recoup the damages- about 20 k , the police told me they were afraid for my safety if I refused the  5000 offered. I fell for that BS, too. Please others..  don't. You just have to keep  pushing and complaining. 

Christy Sweet | 11 October 2020 - 11:25:27

A few years back a man with no license and no  degree was calling himself a vet and flubbed up a euthanasia badly, causing the pony great pain. It took me over a year and a trip to Bangkok to get police to charge him, which he plead guilty to. The real vet  he worked for never paid for their lies. 

Jor12 | 11 October 2020 - 06:24:38

Goldwing...best describe in what way you consider RTP as being incompetent in this matter.  No point in running off at the mouth without facts.

goldwing | 10 October 2020 - 09:54:21

a clear example of RTP incompetence

Jor12 | 10 October 2020 - 05:19:58

k...He is in charge because that's how power structure works in any organisation. Don't worry it's going to die out when there is evidence available to charge someone and to trial. [Comment edited...] from the facts currently
available as reported, there is little legal justification for any charges to be brought against anyone.

Capricornball | 09 October 2020 - 17:07:03

This must be a very difficult case for the police, as there doesn't appear to be anyone that they can fleece so they can stuff their pockets.  Very sad for the poor girls family, to lose a beautiful young daughter for nothing, then to have to deal with the underbelly of Thailand in an attempt to seek justice. Once again, Thais deserve better.

Kurt | 09 October 2020 - 13:19:17

This whole tragic affair, with country highest police officials in charge ( why is that?) is going to die out as the Boy Red Bull case did for many years. Who needs to be saved in this Nong Mint tragedy?


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