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A traffic policeman in Ratchaburi has defended himself against charges that he kicked a teen off his motorcycle during a high speed chase. 

But the high profile lawyer acting for the parents of the boy says he has a witness that is prepared to testify to the contrary. 

The witness is a 13 year old who was on the back of the bike. 

Cop defends himself over kicking charge - but lawyer says family have a witness | News by Samui Times

Sixteen year old Anucha was driving the motorcycle with 13 year old “A” riding pillion.

They came off at a bend in the road outside a cemetery. Anucha hit the wall and died. It happened back in September of last year. 

Parents Jaree, 41, and Lamphai, 61, have hired lawyer Ranarong Kaewpetch, who fronts a justice organisation, to act on their behalf. 

Sanook reported that traffic cop Corporal Thanakrit Matsayawanitkul said that a 3pm he heard the sound of a souped up bike being revved up. It came out of a temple and he blocked its path.

But the bike failed to stop and he gave chase. He said the bike was going at more than 100 kmph and he was at a distance of 10 meters. He said at that speed and on a bend it would have been impossible for him to have kicked the teen off. 

Some CCTV showed the bikes closer together but CCTV at the actual scene of the accident is inconclusive showing only the aftermath of the crash. 

Cpl Thankrit said he was sorry for what happened but he was only doing his duty.

Lawyer Ranarong said that he was inclined to believe the police at first. 

But the thirteen year old on the bike is adamant that the policeman kicked them off.

He said it is a serious case of a policeman allegedly causing death and justice must prevail. 

But he said that the family were only after an apology from the police and were not after money.

Sanook

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