Policeman who killed doctor enters monkhood

Policeman who killed doctor enters monkhood

Pol L/Cpl Norawich Buadok and his father Pol Sub Lt Nikom (in white robes) enter the monkhood at Pariwat Ratchasongkram temple on Monday. (Photo by Wassayos Ngamkham)
Pol L/Cpl Norawich Buadok and his father Pol Sub Lt Nikom (in white robes) enter the monkhood at Pariwat Ratchasongkram temple on Monday. (Photo by Wassayos Ngamkham)

A crowd control policeman who hit and killed a woman doctor with his Ducati Monster motorcycle last Friday has entered the monkhood to make merit for his victim.

Pol L/Cpl Norawich Buadok, 21, was ordained at Pariwat Ratchasongkram temple in Yannawa district, Bangkok, on Monday afternoon. 

He said he wanted to enter the monkhood to make merit for Dr Waraluck Supawatjariyakul, an ophthalmologist at Chulalongkorn Eye Centre at the Department of Ophthalmology in Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Medicine. (continues below)

A Buddhist monk shaves the hair of Pol L/Cpl Norawich Buadok at Pariwat Ratchasongkram temple in Bangkok. (Photo by Wassayos Ngamkham)

The policeman hit and killed the woman on a pedestrian crossing while riding his big bike on Phaya Thai Road in Ratchathewi district on Friday. He has been charged on seven counts, including reckless driving causing death.

Pol L/Cpl Norawich's father, Pol Sub Lt Nikom, an officer at Pathumwan police station, also entered the monkhood at the same time. They had no plans to become laymen again, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, Dr Waraluck's close family members and relatives continued to express their grief on the second day of her funeral at Phra Si Mahathat Wora Maha Viharn temple in Bang Khen district in Bangkok. She would have observed her 34th birthday on Monday.

Her father, Dr Anirut Supawatjariyakul, said his daughter liked his cooking, and a birthday cake had been prepared for her.

He said his family would not criticise the policeman's decision to enter monkhood, and he would thank him for making merit for his daughter.

"The police will work on the case, and there should not be any deviation from their procedures.

"Let us finish the ceremony. I don't want to comment on my faith in the Thai justice system at this time," Dr Anirut said.


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