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Nong Than to face Singapore's hardest hearts in court

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SINGAPORE : Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak has returned to the scene of her double amputation, to seek justice with a case against two big Singapore opponents. 

FLASHBACK: HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn donated the prosthetic limbs for the crippled 15-year-old, and watched her progress admiringly. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Straits Times newspaper reported that her lawsuit against the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will start Monday, and likely will last more than three weeks.

Nitcharee is known as Nong Than across the entire country. Now 16, she fell onto the SMRT tracks while waiting for a train in April of last year. The oncoming train severed one of her legs below the knee, and the second had to be amputated during her hospital treatment.

The incredible spirit and unfailing smile of the Trang teen have thrilled and touched the hearts of Thais - and many Singaporeans.

But the executives of the SMRT and LTA and their lawyers will claim once again on Monday that the accident was her own fault, and tell the judge she doesn't even deserve an apology or sympathy, let alone damages or compensation.

The Straits Times reported her lawsuit will ask the Singapore court to award her S$3.4 million (85.5 million baht, about US$2.79) in restitution and damages. Doctors in Singapore and in Bangkok have agreed that she will require about 20 changes of prosthetic legs and expensive medical care during her expected life time.

The newspaper said Nitcharee was accompanied to Singapore by her father, Mr Kittanesh, 57, an insurance agent, and her elder sister, Thunravee, 22.

Twelve witness will testify at a trial that the newspaper is expected to last 15 days and end on Nov 19. (Story continued below)

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