Family files complaint with police over Pakapong’s death

The family of Pakapong Tanyakarn, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, on Tuesday (Dec 19) filed a complaint with Maung district police in Nakhon Nayok province against people allegedly involved in the controversial death of the cadet.

Pakapong's parents Pichet and Sukanya and elder sister Supicha submitted additional evidence and documents in the case to Pol Maj Gen Wattana Yeejeen, acting Nakhon Nayok police chief, and police investigators handling the case.

Ms Supicha said the family had met the investigators, but declined to reveal about the charges filed against those allegedly involved in Pakapong's death.

On the DNA test on the inner organs of Pakapong, she said the family had no idea whether the result had come out or not.

Pol Maj Gen Wattana said a team of police officers from Muang Nakhon Nayok and Ban Na police stations would jointly question the family members.

He said Muang Nakhon Nayok police would focus on autopsy issue while Ban Na police would handle the case as the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School is situated in area under its jurisdiction.

Pakapong, 18, collapsed at the school's medical division on Oct 17. He was rushed to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy School Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8.24pm. His body was later sent to Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok for autopsy.

However, Pakapong's family suspected foul play in his death and asked Nakhon Nayok police to investigate the case.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)