Death Sentence Upheld For Former Schoolmaster

Death Sentence For School Master

The Appeal Court has upheld the death sentence for former schoolmaster Prasittichai Khaokaew, who shot dead three people, one a child, and wounded four others while robbing a gold shop in Lop Buri province early last year.

The ruling was read out in the Criminal Court yesterday and via video conference.

The Appeal Court upheld the death sentence and refused to reduce the punishment, as requested, because of the inhumane nature of the crime.

The shootings occurred when Prasittichai, 39, robbed the Aurora gold shop at Robinson department store on Phahon Yothin Highway in Muang district of Lop Buri on the night of 9th January, 2020.

The court also reduced the default interest rate from 7.5% to 5% for compensation totalling 6.36 million baht that Prasittichai was ordered to pay to relatives of the dead and the injured victims. The lower rate took effect from 11th April, when a related law amendment was approved.

The Criminal Court on 27th August last year sentenced Prasittichai to death, and other penalties, for cold-blooded murder and illegal use of weapons.

During the robbery, he shot dead a security guard at the shopping centre, a two-year-old boy walking with his mother and a woman working in the gold shop.

He also shot and wounded four other people.