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It has taken more than three years but a court has finally ruled on the so-called "Mad Doc" case.
The “Mad Doc” case is decided
Dr Prakitpao Tomtitchong
Back in early March 2007, the big news story was the so-called "Mad Doc" case.
It involved Dr Prakitpao Tomtitchong founder of the well-known tutorial institute Applied Physics whose family had him admitted to a mental institution after he showed signs of mental illness.
This was disputed by Pemmika Veerachatraksit, a young female friend, who filed a complaint with police claiming Dr Prakitpao was being illegally detained.
Medical tests, however, found large quantities of the stimulant ephedrine in his body and suspicions were aroused that Pemmika and a group of her friends were responsible for Dr Prakitpao’s strange behaviour. It was also discovered the he had given Ms Pemmika large amounts of money and gifts.
Criminal charges were filed against her and three of her friends and yesterday that Criminal Court gave its verdict.
The Court ruled that Pemmika, 28, from October 2006 to February 2007 had deceived Dr Prakitpao into believing they had been a couple in many past lives and he had abused her.
Dr Prakitpao gave her money and gifts over the period because she led him to believe it was fair compensation for the past abuse, the court ruled.
Public prosecutors and Dr Prakitpao’s mother stated the doctor was not mentally stable at the time and he drained income from the family’s business to provide the gifts.
Dr Prakitpao’s gifts to Pemmika included a 1.56 million-baht Toyota Camry car, a 245,000-baht Rolex watch, a 145,000-baht diamond ring and two pistols worth 130,000 baht.
The doctor’s money was also used to buy a rare 9999 licence plate number for 980,000 baht at an auction; 150,000 baht was used on Pemmika’s condominium rent; and 250,000 baht went on a down payment on a house for her.
Another 4.56 million baht was spent on cashier cheques that were deposited into accounts in Pemmika’s name, as well as cash to help Pemmika’s mother repay debts.
The court dismissed Pemmika’s claims that the money and gifts were given out of love.
Pemmika was sentenced to four years and six months in jail. Three of her friends received sentences of three years in prison, suspended for two years, and fines of 27,000 baht each.
The court also ordered the four to return the 8 million baht to Dr Prakitpao and his mother.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post
mad – (informal) tending to behave in a strange way that might indicate mental problems บ้า
so-called – said to be something but which may not be true ที่เป็นที่รู้กัน (ซึ่งบางครั้งอาจไม่เป็นจริงก็ได้)
founder - a person who establishes an institution, business, or organisation ผู้ก่อตั้ง
tutorial institute – a private school that prepares students for examinations
admit – to put someone into hospital for medical treatment เปิดรับ
mental illness – suffering from an illness that affects your mind โรคทางจิตใจที่มีความผิดปรกติของความรู้สึก ความคิด อารมณ์ หรือพฤติกรรมอย่างแรงถึงขนาดคุมสติไม่อยู่
dispute – to say that something such as a fact is not true or correct โต้แย้ง
file a complaint – to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
detain – to keep someone in a police station, prison, hospital, etc and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
quantity – a particular amount of something ปริมาณ, จำนวน
stimulant – a substance that makes a part of your body work faster or better; a substance that makes you feel more awake when you eat it or drink it สารกระตุ้น
suspicion – a feeling that something bad is probably true or likely to happen ความสงสัย
arouse – to cause someone to have a particular feeling กระตุ้น
criminal – relating to illegal acts เกี่ยวกับอาชญากรรม
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
verdict – a decision by a court of law คำพิพากษา
rule (of a court) – to make a decision พิพากษา, ชี้ขาด
deceive – to persuade someone that something false is the truth หลอก
couple – two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
abuse – to treat someone in a cruel, violent or unfair way, especially someone who does not have the power to prevent it ข่มเหง, ปฏิบัติไม่ดีต่อ
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them เงินชดเชย
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
stable – with a healthy mental and emotional state มีสุขภาพจิตดี
drain – to take money out of a bank account, etc. until there is nothing left ใช้จนหมด
income – money that someone gets from working or from investing money รายได้
pistol – a small gun that you hold in one hand ปืนพก,ปืนสั้น
rare – uncommon, unusual ซึ่งหายาก
auction – a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด
rent – paying money for the use of something for a period of time ค่าเช่า
down payment – a first payment that you make when you are buying something and are going to pay the rest later เงินที่ชำระราคาครั้งแรก
cashier cheque – a cheque guaranteed by the bank that issues it
deposit – to put money into a bank account ฝากเงิน (ทางการธนาคาร)
cash – money เงินสด
debt – an amount of money that you owe หนี้
dismissed – refused to accept that something might be true or important ปฏิเสธ
sentence – (of a court of law) to give a punishment ลงโทษ
suspended (a sentence) – a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions รอลงอาญา