Teacher vows to sue ex-cop in civil court

Teacher vows to sue ex-cop in civil court

The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing an embezzlement lawsuit brought against a retired policeman in Kanchanaburi by a teacher in the same province regarding their dispute over a 30-million-baht lottery prize.

Over the past five years, the retired officer, 66-year-old Jaroon Wimool, has filed a total of seven charges against the teacher, 54-year-old Preecha Kraikruan, and those who allegedly acted as fake witnesses for him.

However, Mr Preecha was the plaintiff in this case. The final ruling, read yesterday in Kanchanaburi Provincial Court, was widely expected to mark the end of this protracted court battle over who owns the lucrative prize.

But it is more likely to mark the start of the next chapter of legal tussles between the two parties, according to a source. Mr Preecha responded to the verdict in the criminal case by vowing to do whatever it takes for him to prove the prize belongs to him, including seeking “justice” with a civil court claim.

Back in 2017, Pol Lt Jaroon claimed his 30-million-baht prize with a set of five tickets all bearing the same number - 533726 - in the Nov 1 draw.

He cashed the tickets and deposited the taxed prize money of 29.85 million baht in his Krungthai Bank account in

Kanchanaburi. He then spent 5.5 million baht of the money, leaving a balance of 24.35 million baht.

The following month, Mr Preecha, a teacher of Buddhism at Thepmongkol Rangsee School in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district, complained to police that he had lost his five prize-winning tickets and accused Pol Lt Jaroon of stealing them. The legal dispute led to the seizure of the 24.35-million-baht still in Pol Lt Jaroon’s account.

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