The Phuket News

Ruling on ‘Joe Ferrari’ case set for June 8

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SEVEN FORMER POlicemen accused of murdering a drug suspect by suffocatin­g him with a plastic bag will learn their fate on June 8, the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has announced.

After four months of inquiries and testimony from both plaintiffs and defendants, the court announced on Mar 24 that it would rule on the high-profile case at 9:30am on Jun 8. Closing statements from both sides are to be delivered within 30 days from Mar 24.

Those accused are Pol Col Thitisan “Joe Ferrari” Utthanapho­n, Pol Maj Rawirot Ditthong, Pol Capt Songyot Khlainak, Pol Lt Thoranin Matwanna, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wisut Bunkhiew, Pol L/C Pawikon Khammarew and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Suphakon Nimchuen.

All were at the Muang district police station in Nakhon Sawan before they were dismissed from the police force after drug suspect Chiraphong Thanapat, 24, was tortured to death in August last year.

Prosecutor­s have alleged that the officers led by Pol Col Thitisan suffocated Chiraphong during the interrogat­ion, his head covered by a black plastic bag, while trying to extort B2 million from him.

Public prosecutor­s and the parents of the victim filed complaints that led to four charges: for malfeasanc­e, abuse of authority, torture causing death, and coercion. The accused could face the death penalty if found guilty.

The parents of the deceased also demanded B1.55mn from the accused in compensati­on for the death of their son.

 ?? Photo: Arnun Chonmahatr­akool ?? Pol Col Thitisan ‘Joe Ferrari’ Utthanapho­n (centre).
Photo: Arnun Chonmahatr­akool Pol Col Thitisan ‘Joe Ferrari’ Utthanapho­n (centre).

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