The Criminal Court on Tuesday handed down a one-year jail term to an unlicensed clinician who killed a 32-year-old product presenter by injecting fillers into her buttocks in a botched cosmetic procedure.
Thanat Natveerakul, 24, who calls himself Mor Pop, injected the fillers into Athitiya Eiamyai's buttocks at a condominium in Lat Phrao on Sept 16 last year as part of a procedure intended to make her figure more curvaceous.
Athitiya fell into a coma after the injection, which stopped her heart beating and starved her brain of oxygen for at least four minutes. She died on Oct 2.
Although Thanat assumed the title of mor, which means doctor, he had no medical qualifications and had merely had one job as an assistant at a registered skin clinic, where he learned how to give injections.
The court initially sentenced him to two years in prison, but the sentence was reduced because of Thanat’s confession.
The defendant asked the court to suspend the custodial sentence, on the grounds that he had paid 150,000 baht to Arthitiya’s mother after the incident and had never previously been convicted of a crime, but his request was dismissed due to the gravity of the offence.
The judge said the procedure performed on Atthitiya should have been carried out by a licensed cosmetic clinician, but the defendant was an unlicensed beauty therapist, with little knowledge or expertise.
Despite this, he injected the fillers into the woman and charged for the service, showing that he was ignorant to the danger that he posed to the health of other people, the judge added.
Thanat’s lawyer has appealed against the ruling.
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