Man gets death for cadet's murder

Man gets death for cadet's murder

NAKHON SAWAN: The provincial court has sentenced the owner of a private military cadet school to death while his wife and mother-in-law were sentenced to life imprisonment for the fatal disciplinary beating of a 15-year-old student.

The court issued its judgement on Tuesday, passing the death sentence on Natthaphol Thavornphibun, the owner of Ban Phi Nat tutorial school in tambon Wat Sai of Muang district.

The court also sentenced Natthaphol's wife Phiraya Phalasaen and mother-in-law Nonglak Phalasaen to life imprisonment for colluding in physical abuse as they were present during the beating.

Natthaphol, 28, admitted hitting Thanakorn "Nong Chaidaen'' Sapsin, then 15, with a baseball bat at least 20 times on June 12 last year at his cadet school.

The beating resulted in severe injuries, including a torn pancreas, which led to the boy's death in hospital two days later.

The injuries on his body indicated he had been struck with a hard object on his back and legs.

Natthaphol said he beat Thanakorn as punishment for swearing when his mother-in-law refused to return the boy's mobile phone when he asked for it. During police interrogation, Natthaphol denied murdering the boy and said he had no intention to kill the boy but only to punish him -- as a teacher punished a student.

The court said the evidence clearly showed Natthaphol's wrongdoing but he did not repent his actions and kept denying the charges as the court handed down the death sentence. Since the defendants have 30 days to appeal, his lawyer filed for an appeal and bail.

The court refused bail. The dead boy's parents, Phitsanu and Suwanna Sapsin, were happy with the judgement, saying the court delivered justice for Nong Chaidaen. However, they are still grieving as he was their only child.

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