The Criminal Court today, April 25th, has sentenced a policeman who crashed into and killed female doctor Waraluck “Doctor Kratai” Supwatjariyakul in January to an imprisonment of one year and 15 days in prison and a fine of 4,000 baht.
Police Lance Corporal Norawit Buadok was facing nine charges for hitting and killing the pedestrian who was walking across a crosswalk on Phya Thai Road in Bangkok on January 21st.
The charges include 1.) reckless driving causing death; 2.) driving a motorcycle without a license plate; 3.) driving a vehicle with no annual tax paid; 4.) driving a motorcycle without insurance; 5.) driving an incomplete vehicle (no rear mirror); 6.) Not driving on the left side of the road close to the walkway; 7.) Violating speed limit; 8.) Driving without regard for the safety of others, and 9.) Driving without following the signage on the road (did not stop his vehicle at a crosswalk).
Norawit arrived at the Criminal Court for the hearings this morning. The Court had sentenced the policeman to 2 years and 30 days of imprisonment and a fine of 8,000 baht. However, the defendant pleaded guilty. Therefore, the sentences were reduced to a total imprisonment of 1 year and 15 days without parole and a fine of 4,000 baht.
As of this afternoon, the Court had granted bail for the former police officer for a surety of 200,000 following his father’s and his police supervisor’s bail request.
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