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Witnesses ‘lying’ over Tangmo death

BANGKOK: Conflicting accounts of the circumstances surrounding the death of TV actress Pattarathida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong, who drowned after falling from a speedboat into Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi on Feb 24, have cast a cloud over a number of key witnesses, said Pol Maj Gen Udon Yomcharoen, deputy commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 1, yesterday (Mar 7).

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 8 March 2022, 09:13AM

Pol Maj Gen Udon Yomcharoen, deputy commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 1, speaks to reporters at the regional police office in Bangkok yesterday (Mar 7). Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

Pol Maj Gen Udon Yomcharoen, deputy commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 1, speaks to reporters at the regional police office in Bangkok yesterday (Mar 7). Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

“Each witness was interviewed separately and the stories they told us were different. It is certain that at least one must have been lying,” he said.

Pol Maj Gen Udon, assigned to the case by the commissioner of Provincial Police Region 1, said that so far two charges have been laid.

Tanupat “Por” Lerttaweewit, the boat’s owner, and Phaiboon “Robert” Trikanjananun, the driver, are both accused of operating an unlicensed vessel and negligence leading to death, reports the Bangkok Post.

However, he said a third suspect may be charged following statements by others present that contradicted findings by the forensics team.

Pol Maj Gen Udon said that officers had raided the house of Nitas “Job” Kiratisoothisathorn, one of the five on the speedboat, and are now investigating whether liquor they found is linked to the incident.

He said that police are looking at the boat’s GPS and telecommunications footprint, but have yet to find any evidence of a sexual cause behind the tragedy nor any use of recreational narcotics.

Meanwhile, Krissana Sriboonpimsuay, the lawyer representing Pattarathida’s mother, has called on Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan, former director-general of the Central Institute of Forensic Science, to perform a fresh autopsy.

The lawyer said he would seek a meeting with Khunying Porntip, who is now a senator as his client, Panida Sirayootyotin, expressed confidence in her abilities following doubts over the veracity of the earlier post-mortem.

Tangmo, 37, fell into the Chao Phraya River near Pibul 1 pier in Muang district of Nonthaburi around 10:40pm on Feb 24 while travelling in a speedboat with five other people. Her body was found about 1pm on Feb 26.

Police are currently holding daily media briefings on the state of the investigation.

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JohnC | 09 March 2022 - 09:23:18

Is the disgusting mother still trying to milk millions of Baht out of her daughter's death eventhough it seems clear it was an unfortunate accident? What is wrong with people when money becomes more important than the truth.

christysweet | 08 March 2022 - 19:01:20

Good grief, don't say ANYTHING until the investigation is concluded did they not learn this from the Koh Tao hysterics? Are people lying about drinking on the water in a boat because they don't want to be charged for public intoxication, or operating a boat? So be it  but seems this woman simply had a terrible and regrettable accident. 

Fascinated | 08 March 2022 - 13:50:50

Have the toxicology reports been released (suppressed) yet. Wouldn't be surprised to read a fair amount of Charlie found in most of their systems, despite the comments above. Pimp Momma must be gutted as her millions seem to be about to fritter away.

Kurt | 08 March 2022 - 11:05:14

Monday, 7th. Tangmo's death an accidents, said Gen Suwat, concluded after all interviews.
Tuesday, 8th, at least 1 witness was lying ( or the other 4 are lying!) says another RTP general. So statement of Gen Suwat can thrown in the bin than. What kind of police 'work' is this? Do I miss something? Is it due to meddling of audience graving Generals?


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