Father says cop stole 1.4m baht for son’s death

Somkid Laongnual (right) answers reporters’ questions on Monday, along with his lawyer, Atchariya Ruangrattanapong of the Crime Victims Assistance Club. (Photo: Wassayos Ngamkham)

The father of a teenage motorcyclist killed in a road accident involving a police colonel said the officer himself pocketed 1.4 million baht in compensation owed to him.

Somkid Laongnual alleged that Nong Prue Police Chief Pol Col Thawatchai Norasingh embezzled around 1.4 million baht in compensation he was supposed to receive for the death of his son, Prinya.

Prinya, 19, was killed when his motorbike and a car driven by Thawatchai collided on the night of December 27 in Kanchanaburi province. Thawatchai was the Nong Prue district police chief.

Mr Somkid alleged Thawatchai began negotiating about a month after the accident over money to be paid for the loss of his son.

Mr Somkid alleged to reporters on Monday that he was told to settle the matter and accept 100,000 baht or get nothing.

Mr Somkid later learned that he was supposed to receive 1.5 million baht in total instead of just 100,000 baht, but he was afraid to register a fraud complaint with the police in Kanchanaburi, where Thawatchai was a senior officer.

Mr. Somkid decided to post a message demanding justice on his Facebook account.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my son, who cannot be replaced by money. And then I was cheated by this policeman,” he wrote.

A day later, the Kanchanaburi Police Chief transferred Pol Col Thawatchai from Nong Prue Station Chief to the Provincial Police Headquarters, to pave the way for an investigation into the matter.

Pol Col Thawatchai did not react to the accusation.

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