Two women close to Banyin denied bail

Two women close to Banyin denied bail

Kanthana Siwathanapol (left_), a former golf caddie, 30, and former stockbroker Uracha Wachirakulton, 29, arrive at the Bangkok South Criminal Court on March 20 to hear the ruling on late billionaire Chuwong Sae Tang's 263-million-baht share transfer case. The two women were each given four years in prison. (File photos)
Kanthana Siwathanapol (left_), a former golf caddie, 30, and former stockbroker Uracha Wachirakulton, 29, arrive at the Bangkok South Criminal Court on March 20 to hear the ruling on late billionaire Chuwong Sae Tang's 263-million-baht share transfer case. The two women were each given four years in prison. (File photos)

Two women close to former commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn has remained in prison after the Supreme Court rejected their bail requests.

Kanthana Siwathanapol, 30, a former golf caddie, and Uracha Wachirakulton, 29, a former stock broker, were sentenced to four years in prison each by a lower court without suspension on Friday.

The court found them guilty of colluding with Pol Lt Col Banyin in forging documents to transfer 263 million baht worth of shares owned by late billionaire contractor Chuwong Sae Tang.

Ms Kanthana and Ms Uracha later sought a temporary release during appeal from the Appeal Court by placing sureties worth 5 million baht and 3 million baht, respectively. The Appeal Court rejected their bail requests.

They turned to the Supreme Court on Tuesday for bail and the court turned down their requests the next day, citing flight risks.

On Friday, the Bangkok South Criminal Court sentenced Pol Lt Col Banyin to eight years in jail for forging documents to transfer 263 million baht worth of shares to his two associates.

The court found Pol Lt Col Banyin guilty of colluding with Ms Kanthana and ms Uracha to illegally transfer the assets of the late billionaire contractor Chuwong to Ms Kanthana, and Ms Uracha's mother Srithara Phromm.

Ms Kanthana and Ms Uracha were each given four years in prison.

However, the judge acquitted Ms Srithara, who was accused by police of receiving stolen assets, due to insufficient evidence.

Earlier, the two women claimed to have been Chuwong's mistresses and Ms Kanthana said she had a child with him.

Chuwong was found dead in Pol Lt Col Banyin's Lexus sport utility vehicle after it struck a roadside tree in Prawet district of Bangkok in June 2015. Pol Lt Col Banyin, who was the driver, claimed they were friends and that it was an accident. Police suspected he had Chuwong murdered and the accident was staged to cover the crime. The investigation for the possible murder is ongoing.

Kanthana Siwathanapol, a former golf caddie, 30, arrives at the Bangkok South Criminal Court on March 20. (File photo)

Former stockbroker Uracha Wachirakulton, 29. (File photo)



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