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Anonymous texts threaten dads who lost sons in skydiving accident

Seven months after they watched their sons plunge to their deaths during a skydiving demonstration, the fathers of two police cadets have been anonymously threatened for demanding justice for their sons.

Satorn Putthachaiyong, father of a 19-year-old police cadet who died during training on March 31, filed a police report yesterday after receiving a text message threatening harm if he didn’t drop the matter, which had implicated a number of influential figures before becoming “stalled.”

sky dive dadIt’s an accident, understand?” the text said. “Jarumporn cannot watch out for your head. He’s retired. Back off before you get hurt.”

The message referred to police Gen. Jarumporn Suramanee, who had aggressively pursued an investigation of the incident but recently retired as a Royal Thai Police adviser. His investigation into the deaths of Chayakorn Putthachaiyong and Nathawuth Tirasuwannasuk, 21, blamed the young men’s deaths on negligence.

It found poorly maintained equipment caused the cadets’ to fail. They died instantly in front of their families, who were present to witness the exercise in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Satorn said he received the text Friday but did not read it until Sunday night. The message suggested he back off from a lawsuit against those responsible for the fatal accident

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