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‘Mercedes’ maniac now serves jail sentence after eight years of court trials

The Supreme Court today reversed the ruling of the Appeals Court’s two-year suspended jail term handed down on an alleged teenaged road-rage killer after finding his offences were serious that should not deserve prison suspension on probation.

The alleged road-rage killer Kanpitak Patchimsawas, then 25 years old, is the son of a former Thai beauty queen and a leading businessman and nephew of a powerful top police general.

He faced trial for murder, attempted murder and assault after he ploughed his Mercedes-Benz into a crowded Thong Lor bus stop on July 4, 2007 killing one woman and injuring several others.

Kanpitak was sentenced by the Appeals Court to serve three years in prison but commuted to two years and one month after considering his offences were committed at the time he could not control himself due to mental sickness.

Besides, the Appeals Court said, the convicted had paid compensation of up to over a million baht to the family of the killed woman and the three injured, and they agreed not to proceed with civil suits against him, it then decided the prison sentence be suspended for two years instead after considering the nature of the case. The Appeals Court then required him to report his behaviour to the behaviour control officials every three months on a two -year probation.

The verdict was appealed to the high court by the families of the killed and injured victims.

But in today’s hearing of the trial read at the presence of the convict, now 33 years old, and the killed victim’s family, at the Phra Khanong district court, the Supreme Court disagreed with the ruling of the Appeals Court which delivered Kanpitak on a two-year suspended sentence and on a probation instead.

The high court said that although it agreed with the medical report that the convict was mentally sick and had decision making problem, but medical report showed that before committing the serious offences, he still was addicted to drugs when he first took drugs since he was 17 years old.

Besides, the court reasoned that as his father still allowed him to drive, therefore, the crimes he committed were serious.

The Supreme Court then overruled the Appeals Court’s ruling and handed down him to serve the two year sentence immediately with no suspended jail sentence.

The court also retained his one month in prison for body assault ruled earlier by the lower court as there was no appeal by the victim’ s families.

In total, Kanpitak was given two years and one month in prison for the offences.

Earlier in 2009 the Phra Khanong District Court sentenced him to jail but commuted the sentence on mental health reason. He was freed on a 1-million bail.

He allegedly ploughed his Mercedes-Benz into a crowded Thong Lor bus stop on July 4 last year, killing one woman and injuring several others.

The incident happened shortly after a bus and Kanpitak’s car were engaged in a minor collision on Sukhumvit Road.

Witnesses say Kanpitak hit the bus driver in the face with a stone before driving his car into the bus stop.

The defendant’s father, Kan-anek, says his son was mentally ill.

Thai PBS

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