Thanuthat Asawasirimankong, who was shot in Bon Kai during the 2010 crackdown on red shirts, died from an illness unrelated to his bullet wound, a court has ruled.
Thanuthat died from cancer-related pneumonia, the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court ruled yesterday, citing doctors' reports and testimony.
The court said his illness was not a direct result of his gunshot wound.
Thanuthat was shot on May 14, 2010, during the red-shirt protests and died 21 months later at Mahesak Hospital in Bangkok.
The court cited doctors' opinions from his treatment as well as the autopsy report. The court made no mention of who shot Thanuthat.
The 53-year-old Bon Kai resident was shot in front of a shop near Siam Commercial Bank, Lumpini branch, around noon on May 14, 2010. The shooting took place the same day that red-shirt protesters burned tyres on Rama IV Road in Bon Kai in an attempt to block security officers during the protest crackdown.
The lead lawyer for the plaintiff, Pawinee Thongchumnum, said she was disappointed but not surprised by the judgement.
She said the testimony of the doctor who treated Thanuthat at Kluaynamthai Hospital from May 14 to June 4, 2010 provided little weight in the ruling.
Thanuthat was later transferred to Mahesak Hospital.
The doctor from Kluaynamthai Hospital told the court Thanuthat's pneumonia could have been accelerated by the partial paralysis he suffered after the shooting, Ms Pawinee said.
The court also cited the opinion of another doctor, who said Thanuthat's mobility and breathing trouble worsened after October 2011, when he was admitted again to Mahesak Hospital.
The doctor said Thanuthat's X-rays showed he had a herniated disc that was compressing his nerve. The doctor had operated on Thanuthat's neck and he was able to return home.
The judgement noted Thanuthat was diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2009. Cancer cells were also found in his liver.
The doctor who performed the autopsy, however, told the court that the .223 rifle bullet which was found lodged below Thanuthat's right shoulder blade had not caused his death. The bullet had remained lodged in Thanuthat's body.
Thanuthat died from heart failure and blood problems caused by severe cancer, the court ruled.
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