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Army told to pay mother of slain son

Feb 22. 2018
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THE CIVIL Court yesterday ordered the Royal Thai Army to pay Bt1.87-million compensation to a woman whose only son died in a military prison two years ago.

Corporal Kittikorn Suthiraphan, 25, was detained at the prison pending an investigation into alleged wrongdoing when the warden and three other inmates fatally attacked him. He died on February 21, 2016. 

The Cross-Cultural Foundation has since helped his mother, Boonruang Suthiraphan, to sue for compensation. 

“We want to set a precedent that an agency will have to take responsibility for damages its members cause while on duty,” the foundation’s lawyer, Preeda Nakpiew, said. “We hope this case will remind all supervisors that they must not be negligent in supervising their subordinates.”

Preeda helped Boonruang lodge an appeal and seek Bt18 million in compensation. 

“In fact, I don’t want money. I want my son back alive,” Boonruang said. 

She said that his death was a big blow, leaving her without financial support. 

The Civil Court calculated the compensation mainly based on the reasonable financial support Boonruang should have received – Bt10,000 a month for a period of 15 years. 

Following Kittikorn’s death, the Army launched a probe and concluded that his four attackers had committed both disciplinary and criminal offences. 

At present, the Office of Public-Sector Anti-Corruption Commission has been handling criminal proceedings against the accused. 

At the time of attack Kittikorn had already been dismissed from military service for alleged wrongdoing. 

Kittikorn had to go to a military prison only because his alleged offence took place at a time he was still in the Army.

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