THAILAND: GOLD ROBBER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING TODDLER, GUARD, AND SHOP EMPLOYEE
August 31, 2020:
A gold robber who killed three people including a toddler in January on 27 August 2020 was sentenced to death after a court has found him guilty of nine charges. (Sources: Pattaya Mail, 29/08/2020)
Prasittichai Khaokaew, 38, who was director of a primary school at the time, murdered the two-year-old boy, a security guard and a female employee of the gold shop when he pulled out the crime at a shopping mall in Lop Buri province on 9 January.
Surveillance camera images of the armed robbery led to his arrest days later.
The Criminal Court in Bangkok handed down the verdict on 27 August, rejecting Prasittichai’s appeal for reduced penalty.
He claimed that he had repented his crime and had cooperated in the police investigation and court hearing. However, the court found that Prasittichai committed premediated murders, firing at unarmed victims.
The court also ordered him to pay the victims’ families 6 million baht for compensations.