By SURIYA PATATHAYO,
Speculation about her behaviour rises as details emerge of two missing people linked to her; six divorces over 30 years.
‘HIGH-SOCIETY’ woman Monta “Ying Kai” Yokratanakan – charged this week with perjury and attempted human trafficking over an allegedly false theft complaint against a former maid, as well as lese majeste – may have a mental illness, a senior police officer said, citing an initial probe.
Meanwhile, Songkran Atchariyasap, the lawyer for her former maid “Goi” Prapawan Jaikla, submitted new details yesterday of two cases of missing people that may be relate to the 58-year-old Monta: her former chauffeur who disappeared in 2012 and a wealthy Udon Thani woman who went missing in 2003 after transferring an eight-rai plot of land to Monta.
As police gather evidence in at least 10 cases against Monta, the head of the Central Investigation Bureau, Police General Thitirat Nonghanpithak, said investigators found some evidence and witnesses who suggested she might have “uncontrollable behaviours”, which, if not treated, could extend to illegal activities and injury to others.
Asked if this presumption by police would affect the investigation, Thitirat said it would carry weight if she had a history of medical treatment for mental illness. But if not, it might be an issue debated in court later.
Police checking the Thai civil registration database also found Monta had registered marriages and divorces with at least six individuals over the past 30 years, he said.
Thitirat made the comment after he received information about the two missing people from Songkran. The lawyer claimed an Udon Thani teacher accused Monta of luring the teacher’s aunt to transfer land worth Bt8 million to Monta in 2003. The aunt allegedly went missing and Monta notified them in December the same year of the aunt’s death. The teacher claimed Monta was always guarded by Tourist Police when she came to see the family about the land. The other case involved Lop Buri man Sunthorn Khanhin, who worked as her chauffeur. Relatives have been unable to locate him since March 2012.
Songkran said he would bring families of the missing people to testify on Monday for further prosecution cases.
The lawyer said a police lieutenant at Prachacheun Station, where she filed nine complaints against others, may be involved in Monta’s wrongdoing. He alleged that the office was close to Monta, as he was assigned to supervise her car care business and co-founded an employment agency opened with Monta. He claimed the officer was also involved in the investigation into the “theft” case Monta laid against maid Sukanya Sirimoung, who was released on bail in recent days to fight Monta’s claim.
Songkran quoted deputy national chief Pol General Pongsapat Pongcharoen, whom he met earlier yesterday while bringing Goi and others to give more details to the Metropolitan Police Bureau, as vowing to transfer by next Friday officers at Prachacheun station deemed to be responsible for mistakes in suspect complaints that Monta lodged against her employees.
Thitirat also said police were checking the claim of about a police lieutenant involved with Monta.
Pongsapat said he was there to follow progress on the probe into Prachacheun police – led by Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj General Jaruwat Vaisaya – to ensure transparency and completion in a week.
Crime Suppression Division (CSD) deputy superintendent Pol Colonel Chakrit Sawatdee, meanwhile, revealed that 16 of the 19 passports seized from Monta’s residence were old passports of Monta and family members, while three belonged to other women. One was Janthana “Noona” Khotkhongthai, a former maid who served 18 months in jail for “theft”. He said police would summon the three women for information later.
As of press time, Monta remained in detention at the Central Women’s Correctional Prison because the court yesterday denied a second attempt to get her released on bail despite an increased deposit worth Bt1.639 million.