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Chonburi road rager gets 10 years for killing a 17 year old

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PHOTO: Suthep Poshsomboon reporting to police following last year’s road rage incident

“Following several punches by the 17 year old boy, a gunshot was heard”

The Chonburi Provincial Court has handed down a 10 year jail term to an engineer who shot dead a teenage schoolboy in a high-profile road rage incident last year.

Suthep Poshsomboon was also fined 2,000 baht and ordered to pay 340,000 baht compensation to the victim’s mother.

The Nation reports that the case has received huge media coverage since the video clip of the road-rage incident first appeared on social media in February 2017, with the Thai public divided over whether Suthep acted out of self-defence.

The clip showed a van come to a complete stop in the middle lane of a Chon Buri road, apparently so the driver and passenger could pop out to buy souvenirs from roadside shops. In doing so, the van blocked Suthep from driving away and this led to an argument. Both sides shouted at each other, but it did not lead to a fist fight.

All vehicles continued on their way but Suthep was soon honking for prolonged periods at the van that had earlier blocked his exit. He also overtook the van and cut back inside, slowing down in a provocative manner. The van then closely followed Suthep’s vehicle.

Sensing danger, Suthep stopped his car to ask bystanders for help. Suddenly, the van also stopped and several young men got out and surrounded his car. They shouted at Suthep and challenged him to get out of the vehicle. Suthep refused and stayed inside, but because he had opened his window, Nawapon Peungpai was able to hit him.

Following several punches by the 17 year old boy, a gunshot was heard. The narrative on the video clip revealed that Suthep had mentioned the gun from the very beginning and later admitted to his wife that he shot the boy.

Following the incident, Suthep was arraigned for pre-meditated murder and carrying a gun in a public place. Suthep pleaded guilty to the gun charge but claimed he pulled the trigger in self-defence, not with the intent to kill.

The court, however, convicted Suthep of both charges on the grounds that he had apparently prepared to use his gun from the very beginning of the incident.

“Both sides voluntarily got into a dispute. Had the defendant not followed the van and honked in a provocative manner, the shooting would have not occurred,” the court said.

The court also noted that the victim and his friends did not in any way touch Suthep’s wife, mother or child in the car.

Suthep received a lesser sentence than it might have been on the grounds that his action arose out of a lack of self-restraint rather than from a cruel heart, that he did not flee the scene, and that he admitted to the fatal shooting. His jail term was thus reduced from 15 years to 10 years and his fine from 4,000 to 2,000 baht.

Nawapon’s parents were satisfied with the court verdict.

“Thank you for the justice,” the victim’s mother, Maneeporn Peungpai, said.

Suthep, who is now out of jail on 670,000 baht bail, said he intended to appeal.

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Three million baht Central Pattaya stormwater roadworks – FAIL

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PHOTO: A representative of the City Engineering Department inspects two side streets in the Soi Arunothai Community. Central Pattaya residents are complaining that 3 million baht in roadworks has been a waste of money – Pattaya Mail

Three million baht spent but not a lot to show for the considerable investment. Central Pattaya residents say that nearly 3 million baht was spent on roadwork but has failed to alleviate the flooding in the sois where the money was invested.

Nattapong Santaveesuk of the city’s Engineering Department toured two side streets in Soi Arunothai with neighborhood representatives Amnuay Muangthong this week.

The Pattaya Mail reports that residents living on Soi Charoensuk and Soi Udomsuk complain that their streets were ripped up, new drainage pipes laid and the road resurfaced, all with the goal of ending years of chronic flooding.

But it didn’t work.

Both streets continue to flood and take a long time to drain according to residents

Both projects are under warranty for two more years, according to city engineers, so they will ask the contractors to appraise the situation and perhaps rip up the roads again to fix what they failed to do the first time.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Pattaya’s LONG Songkran comes to an end today

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Whilst most of us have hung up our water pistols last Saturday or Sunday following Songkran revellry, punters in Pattaya have been hard at it all week.

But after 9 days of water wastage and Songkran celebrations, the annual festivities come to a close in parades and official festivities today and tomorrow.

Officially, according to the Pattaya Mail, April 19 is the final day of Pattaya’s Songkran celebrations. Ceremonies are being held today at Chaimongkol Temple. Alms offerings and elderly blessing ceremony were held early this morning and cultural shows continuing during the day featuring dancing and traditional games.

Pattaya’s Songkran parade started at noon along Second Road, Central Road and back along Beach Road to Bali Hai Pier before returning to the temple.

Pattaya officials reminded revellers that powder and chalk isn’t permitted, along with high-power water guns. Water-throwing is ‘meant’ to stop at 6pm, but… well… Songkran!

Tomorrow, April 20, the Rice Festival in Naklua, with no water throwing, officially draws the mid-April events to a close.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Severe localised storms predicted for central, north and north-east until April 16

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The meteorological office (TMD) says there could be localised severe thunder storms for the entire upper area of the country until Tuesday.

The north, north-east, eastern seaboard and central regions, including Bangkok and surrounding areas could all be randomly hit by tropical thunderstorms.

The TMD office director Phuwiang Prakhammin has warned of rain storms, thunder and lightning, high winds and even hail.

“People were warned to avoid open spaces, not to stand under trees as it is a lightning strike hazard and be careful of unstable advertising hoardings.”

Farmers have also been warned about protecting their livestock and crops in the agriculture-heavy northeastern provinces. Here are the provinces that may be affected…

Northeast: Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani

Northern region: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Lampang, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphanburi, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, and Bangkok.

East: Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat

SOURCE: Daily News

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