I reported on young kids throwing rocks the other week Isaan Style!: Thailand. Young girl killed by a 1.5kg rock thrown at her. I said that it is becoming a problem here as the occurrences of these attacks are increasing since the media pastes it across their pages. I know that even back in Australia there are problems with young kids causing havoc throwing rocks from overpasses onto the main highways.
This was in a main Thai paper and I am ashamed to say but even I think this sentencing was a little over the top. I am sure the judge felt compelled to make such a decision as HM the Queen had become involved.
The story is three men were arrested for the the robbery and attempted murder of a lorry driver. On October 16 this year the trio decided to rob a delivery vehicle driven by a man named Somyos by throwing a large rock through the window. This happened along the Bang Pa-in-to-Ayutthaya Road in Bang Pa- It forced the lorry from the road. Somyos sustained a serious eye injury. The attack left the victim blind in one eye.
The convicted men were ordered to pay him Bt1 million in compensation.
Prathan Chomsamut, 44, and Suthep Puangmalai, 41, were each jailed for life, the maximum punishment for attempted murder and aggravated robbery. That was commuted to 25 years as a result of their confessions.
The third defendant, Somrit Puangmalai, 19, was sentenced to 33 years' jail, halved for his confession.
Now I am all for people being punished severely for the crimes they commit and they did rob a man of his sight which would be a terrible thing to have to live with for the victim.
When you look at the sentencing, do you the readers think these jail terms are justified? I usually complain at the leniency shown by courts and judges but this seems a little extreme. Maybe I am going a little soft in the head.
I mean the thing that pisses me off is all the drug dealers that are in the paper again and again. You will often see reported in the Pattaya newspapers about this man being known to police for selling drugs and this man was murdered as he was a drug dealer and so forth. Now these scumbags of the earth need to be locked away for 25 years or not let out.
Now HM the Queen became involved early in the case by doing something really great and covering all the man’s expenses in hospital through her patronage scheme that covered treatment and recuperation at Chulalongkorn Hospital.
She also mentioned in another interview that the perpetrators needed to be brought to justice quickly and punished accordingly so that others will think twice before committing a similar crime. Maybe this influenced the judges decision on the sentencing, I am not sure it is just my view.
I am happy that the people did get caught and they are now locked away so others are safe from these sorts of people. If we are lucky they might start locking away more serious offenders for the same amount of time and then many parts of Thailand will be a lot safer for Thais and foreigners. Lorry attackers jailed