Protection sought for witnesses of Silpakorn student’s murder

The Ministry of Justice was on Monday asked to provide protection to witnesses in the crime case related to a Silpakorn University student who was killed by a group of 18 men at the victim's dormitory in Cha-am district of Phetchaburi in February.

Accompanied by her lawyer, Mrs Areerat Chomlok, the mother of the dead victim, Mr Thirapong Thitatharn, alias Nong Pond, met with justice deputy permanent secretary Mr Thawatchai Thaikhiew during which she asked for protection for witnesses.

She also asked for compensation from the Justice Ministry.

The lawyer, Mr Songkarn Atchariyasap, said that he would raise his objection against bail for any of the 18 suspects who were due to be questioned by police at the Crime Suppression Division on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, it was reported that four witnesses were scheduled to give their testimonies to CSD police on Tuesday.

Songkarn claimed he had evidence to prove that the 18 suspects, some of whom were sons of policemen in Prachuab Khiri Khan, had been coached not to testify to the police but to the court only.

Autopsy report from the Forensic Science Institute of Police General Hospital said that the victim, Mr Thirapong, died from the fatal wound on his head which was pierced with a screw driver by one of the 18 assailants.

Pol Maj-Gen Pornchai Sutheerakhun, commander of the Forensic Science Institute, said that there were other wounds on the victim's body, but the one on his head was the most fatal.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)