BANGKOK – A distraught father jumped to his death this morning from the 8th floor of the Criminal Court on Rajadapisek Road after the court acquitted the defendant accused of stabbing his son to death, police said.
The incident occurred at about 10.15am when Supachai Kanhasunthorn, about 40, walked out of a courtroom to the front walkway, climbed up a window and jumped to the ground.
He fell on the car park for court officials and died from severe head injuries.
Supachai came to the court with his wife this morning to hear a ruling of the court in a case in which Nathapong Ngernkiri, the defendant, was accused of stabbing his son, Thanit, to death with a knife on April 15, 2016 in Din Daeng area.
The court found Nathapong not guilty.
Upon hearing the court verdict, Supachai was seen breaking down into tears and walked out of the courtroom before jumping to his death.
A tearful woman relative told reporters her nephew was murdered in an area under the jurisdiction of the Din Daeng police station two years ago, but there was no surveillance camera recording because it was broken.
Pol Lt Gen Chanthep said he would review the case, which happened before he took office. However, he believed the court fairly based its ruling on witness accounts and other evidence.
He quoted the dead father’s wife as saying her husband had dearly hoped the court would deliver punishment.
Plaintiffs had right to take the acquittal judgement to the Appeal and Supreme courts, the Bangkok police chief said.
Source: Thai PBS, Bangkok Post