As the New Year approaches, the ‘Bangkok Post’ seizes the day to choose 5 criminal activity stories that both mesmerized and stunned the country throughout the previous 12 months.

1. Zebra crossing death

heartbreaking: Eye doctor Waraluck Supawatjariyakul passed away after being struck by a huge bike on a zebra crossing on Phaya Thai Roadway on Jan 21.

The awful death of Dr Waraluck Supawatjariyakul, an eye doctor at Chulalongkorn University’s Professors of Medication, who was struck by a motorbike as she was attempting to work out a zebra crossing in January, highlights the requirement to enhance roadway security for pedestrians.

Waraluck was overruled by the Ducati motorbike of Pol L/Cpl Norawich Buadok, an officer connected to the Metropolitan Cops Bureau’s Security and Crowd Control Department, at a crossing on Phaya Thai Roadway in Ratchathewi district on Jan 21.

The 33-year-old physician passed away from her injuries.

After the mishap, #Mor Kratai ended up being the leading trending product on Thai-language Twitter. Bunny equates into Thai as kratai, which is Waraluck’s label.

On April 25, Pol L/Cpl Norawich was sentenced by the Wrongdoer Court to one year and 15 days in jail for the physician’s death.

In addition to driving over the speed limitation, the court discovered him guilty on 8 other counts, that included driving a car without any licence plate, driving an unregistered and uninsured automobile, stopping working to keep to the left lane, and careless driving triggering death.

The court at first sentenced him to 2 years and 1 month in jail and fined him 8,000 baht.

The sentences were travelled to one year and 15 days in jail without suspension and 4,000 baht in fines since he admitted. The court launched him on 200,000 baht bail.

Waraluck’s household have actually likewise submitted a 72-million-baht civil suit versus the Royal Thai Cops, as the very first offender, and versus Pol L/Cpl Norawich over their child’s death.

Waraluck’s death got the headings, triggering require steps to be required to enhance security for pedestrians.

A roadway security project called “Bunny Crossing” was introduced on Sept 1 to raise public awareness about the requirement for traffic discipline, particularly at pedestrian crossings in Bangkok.

Signboards have actually been set up to advise drivers to decrease, stop and prevent surpassing other lorries at pedestrian crossings.

2. Tangmo overdoes it

suspicious scenarios: Nida ‘Tangmo’ Patcharaveerapong’s mom gos to Pibul 1 Pier to lay flowers following her child’s Feb 24 drowning.

The death of a starlet, Nida “Tangmo” Patcharaveerapong, was the most drama-filled case of the year.

Tangmo, 37, was reported missing on Feb 24. Prior to she went missing out on, she was aboard a speedboat with Idsarin “Gatick” Juthasuksawat, her individual supervisor; Wisapat “Sand” Manomairat; Phaiboon “Robert” Trikanjananun; Tanupat “Por” Lerttaweewit, the boat’s owner; and Nitas “Task” Kiratisoothisathorn, the motorist.

Tangmo fell under the Chao Phraya River near Pibul 1 Pier in Muang district of Nonthaburi that night.

Her mom, Panida Siriyuthayothin, appeared alone at Krung Thon Bridge Pier on the early morning of Feb 25 revealing issue about the postponed search.

The starlet’s body was discovered 2 days later on.

The autopsy discovered an injury on her thigh that appeared like it was caused by the boat prop, and confirmed drowning as the cause of death.

After the autopsy’s outcome came out, netizens raised issues about the case’s openness, stressed the guests may do something to attempt to clear their names.

The speedboat’s owner firmly insisted the starlet fell after she went to the stern to urinate, which stirred netizens’ confusion a lot more.

On March 18, Ms Panida appointed Decha Kittiwittayanan as an attorney for the case. He left the case a long time later on, after Ms Panida provided Tangmo’s phone to a web influencer behind his back.

The disputes continued prior to Atchariya Ruangrattanapong, chairman of the Criminal activity Victims Support Club, submitted a grievance versus the officers managing the case to the Royal Thai Cops on Aug 9.

Prior to sending the case to public district attorneys, authorities had actually questioned 124 witness consisting of 16 specialists and gathered 88 pieces of proof, 47 sets of files and 200 video from CCTV. The authorities file included 2,249 pages.

Public district attorneys have actually arraigned the 5 guests on numerous charges consisting of recklessness triggering death.

They likewise charged Peam “Em” Thamtheerasri, who was not on the boat, with directing others to make incorrect declarations and helping individuals to prevent or get a lower penalty, and hiding proof.

After a long-awaited examination, the 6 suspects were launched on bail. The case now waits for a court choice.

3. Bar blaze eliminates 26 clients

death trap: The now destroyed Mountain B club became a fatal firetrap including lots of combustible products when a fire broke out on Aug 5 which declared 26 lives and left lots of hurt.

Adeadly fire broke out at Mountain B, a club in Chon Buri that declared 26 lives and left lots of other clients grievously burned in August.

The fire began at the club on Sukhumvit Roadway in the Sattahip district of Chon Buri in the early hours of Aug 5, eliminating 13 individuals caught inside as the blaze ripped through the location.

The death toll later on increased to 26 with around 50 hurt. For lots of, the fire remembered the lethal blaze at the Santika Club on January 2009 in Bangkok which declared 61 lives and hurt more than 200.

Mountain B was a confined structure with lots of combustible products, consisting of ceiling and wall insulation.

A trigger was very first identified on the ceiling as the club will close prior to the fire broadened quickly. The group of firemens took 2 hours to put it out.

A report revealed 4 individuals were discovered dead around the front door, which was the only entryway and exit of the structure, 3 in the males’s washroom, one behind the DJ cubicle, and 2 at the back and 3 at the front of the cashier counter.

The authorities examination discovered the club was running without an authorization, had actually an obstructed fire escape and had actually gone through comprehensive adjustments consisting of using highly-flammable soundproofing products.

The victims were aged from 17 to 49 years of ages. All were determined as Thai nationals. 4 were listed below twenty years old, putting the club’s age limitation determines into concern.

Phongsiri Panprasong, 28, the owner, dealt with charges of recklessness triggering deaths and injuries and running a home entertainment location unlawfully.

The club owner worked out payment for the victims while a legal group helped the households of the dead.

4. Headache at nursery

shot for nought: A grandma holds a set of her granddaughter’s small tennis shoes. The kid was among 24 kids eliminated in a mass shooting at a day care centre in Nong Bua Lam Phu.

Thailand experienced among the most scary mass shootings in its history in early October.

The massacre happened at a kid advancement centre in the northeastern province of Nong Bua Lam Phu when a previous authorities sergeant went on a shooting rampage eliminating 38, 24 of whom were kids at the kindergarten.

The shooter was a 34-year-old previous officer, Pol Sgt Panya Khamrab. Cops stated he had actually been expelled from the force on June 15 for belongings of methamphetamine tablets.

He opened fire at the Uthai Sawan tambon administrative organisation in Na Klang district prior to he rupture into the neighboring child care center run by the organisation and stabbed 23 kids who had actually been taking an afternoon nap.

2 instructors, among them 8 months’ pregnant, were amongst the grownups eliminated.

Pol Sgt Panya got away the scene in his pickup after the carnage. Later on, he took his own life after eliminating his other half and their 3-year-old kid in their house as it was being surrounded by authorities.

Lots of stated the catastrophe was a repercussion of loose weapon control and substance abuse.

Deputy nationwide authorities chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukwimol stated the mom of the shooter informed him her kid had actually litigated to participate in a hearing on his drug case on Thursday early morning, simply prior to the shooting.

After leaving the court, he appeared stressed, took some narcotics and began to feel paranoid, Pol Gen Torsak priced quote the mom as stating, including he then got his weapon and headed to the kid advancement centre.

Apologising to all those impacted by her kid’s attacks, his mom stated he had actually been under a good deal of tension given that he lost his task and was incapable of repaying his financial obligations.

After the catastrophe, the nationwide authorities chief purchased school shooter drills across the country to prepare instructors and trainees for security emergency situations.

5. Zeroing in on triads

Gang-related: Deputy nationwide authorities chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a probe into Chaiyanat ‘Tuhao’ Kornchayanant, a supposed triad employer implicated of drug offenses.

The authorities raid on a high-end home on Rama V Roadway in late November marked the start of a manhunt for Chinese business owner and thought criminal activity employer Chaiyanat “Tuhao” Kornchayanant, desired on drug charges.

Prior to the raid, authorities had actually gotten info that Mr Chaiyanat was a crucial figure in a Chinese criminal distribute operating in Thailand.

The gang is thought to have actually been associated with numerous prohibited activities consisting of the narcotic drug trade and the murder of some Chinese compatriots.

Following the raid on Nov 23, Mr Chaiyanat turned himself in to Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy nationwide authorities chief, and rejected any misdeed.

He has actually given that been apprehended in Bangkok Remand Jail after authorities challenged his bail application, arguing they require more time to examine the case.

According to authorities, Mr Chaiyanat and the Chinese gang have actually been associated with a minimum of 4 criminal cases.

The very first case includes Club One, a club in Pattaya City of Chon Buri which regional authorities had actually robbed. They discovered drugs on the facilities.

The 2nd case includes Leading One, a club in the Sutthisan location of Bangkok which a Chinese female had actually gone to. She passed away of a drug overdose later on.

The case made headings and triggered a prominent examination.

The 3rd case includes Jin Ling, a club in the Yannawa location of the capital where 104 Chinese clients checked favorable for narcotic drugs.

The 4th case issues Child Face, a club in the Khlong Tan location of Bangkok which is thought to be linked to the gang’s drug trade.

Assets worth about 3 billion baht that are thought to come from Mr Chaiyanat were taken for assessment, stated Pol Gen Surachate.

Pol Gen Surachate stated growing mistrust towards the authorities examining the case was baseless.

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