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A man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for the death of Thitima “Lunlabelle” Noraphanpiphat, a 25 year old model who was found dead last year in the lobby of a Bangkok condominium. Rachadech “Nam Oon” Wongthabutr was found guilty of illegally detaining Lunlabelle and leaving her dead body in the condominium. 5 other people were found guilty for involvement in the woman’s death.

Police reports say she died from “extreme alcohol intoxication” with a blood alcohol level of 418 milligrams per 100 millilitres. Lunlabelle was a model, known in Thailand as a “pretty,” and often did promotional work. She had been hired to serve drinks at a house party in Nonthaburi, outside Bangkok, on September 16, 2019. The next day, she was found dead on a sofa in a Bangkok condominium.

The case exposed another side of the entertainment business. Sexual harassment and abuse are common in the line of work where the models are often pressured to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Since the “pretties” are typically looked down upon in Thai society, the women tend to not file police complaints when there is abuse.

Wongtabutr, then 24 years old, was the last person Lunlabelle was seen with alive. Surveillance camera footage shows him entering his apartment building with a woman who appeared to be unconscious. He took her up to his floor and carried the woman back hours later, leaving her lifeless body on a sofa in the lobby.

The homeowner who hosted the party, 29 year old Chaiyaphon Panna, as well as 4 others who attended the party – 33 year old Nathee Sathipongsathaporn, 24 year old Phikunthong Bunpha, 35 year old Koset Ritnithiruek and 27 year old Kritsada Lohitdi – all were found guilty of being involvement in the model’s death. They were sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison and must pay 748,660 baht in compensation.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Issan John

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Seems more than a bit lenient.

  2. Sam

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Got off lightly! Thailand and it’s pathetic sentencing and failure to deter others from crimes

  3. Joseph McKee

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Compensation? To whom,..she’s dead.

  4. James Pate

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:24 am

    That’s simply not enough time in jail, especially considering that they may get paroled much sooner.

  5. Maag

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Sad end for a young woman !

  6. ron

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Did they force her mouth open and poor drink down her throat or did she do it herself?

    • Issan John

      Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Maybe you could ask her …..

  7. Paul D McCarty

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    What a great penal system. Shows how little value the judges have for human life.

  8. Mike

    Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Nver heard of the social class “pretties”. and looked down on by who? People who aren’t pretty? Are uglies held in high esteem?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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