Sentenced: By the Phichit provincial court to 28 years in prison each, a Frenchman and his Thai girlfriend, for killing her former Italian boyfriend, cutting him into pieces and partially burning them. Rujira Elumlamai, 38, and Amaury Rigaux, 34, admitted the crime — and had sentences cut in half — but pleaded that 61-year-old Giuseppe de Stefani had threatened to kill them and Rujira’s two children.
Sentenced: By the Criminal Court to 250 years in prison, former Chulalongkorn University savings cooperative chairman Sawad Saengbangpla, 80. The hapless embezzler, a former computer engineering lecturer recruited “investors” with tales of high interest rates, but he lived the good life until time ran out. He actually was sentenced to 500 years, but he confessed and got a reduction, and he could be free by 2268 if reincarnation is a real thing.
Re-sentenced: By the Supreme Court to 37 years in prison, “popcorn gunman” Vivat Yodprasit, 28, of Surat Thani. Armed with a rifle inside a large popcorn bag, he was the prime, photographed suspect in the ambush of voters and red shirt supporters in the “Laksi incident” of 2014. The shooting killed one bystander and wounded several people. Judges rejected the Appeal Court’s ruling of insufficient evidence.
Pleaded: Not guilty of money laundering, Panthongtae aka Oak, the only son of Lord Voldemort na Dubai. It was Daddy’s finagling with Krungthai Bank and Krisda Mahanakorn Plc that was responsible for Mr Oak’s receiving and handling — perhaps illegally; he says not — a cheque for 10 million baht. He has until Dec 14 to submit evidence, and is free on bail of 1 million baht.
Announced: By the Hanoi city government and Formula One, the first Vietnam Grand Prix, to be held near the capital in 2020. It is the race that Thai entrepreneurs tried to snag for Bangkok.
Reversed: By Under Armour Inc, the long-standing use of company credit cards to take employees to strip clubs. The company last week went all #MeToo and said it won’t pay for it any longer.