Pattaya Daily News

12 June 2010 :: 16:06:09 pm 24991

Aussie Murderer Given Kings Pardon Over Violent Shooting

An Aussie man has been given an early release from prison for the murder of an American tourist 2 years ago following a royal pardon from His Majesty the King.
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Thailand, the 12th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The mother of an American man, gunned down in the Northern Thai province of Chiang Mai two years ago, has voiced her outrage at the early release of his Australian murderer this week.

Controversy has surrounded the case from day one, with allegations that he bride any number of officials to be given a lenient sentence, special treatment in prison and an early release, which consequently ended up coming by way of a royal pardon on Tuesday.

After being sentenced to just two years and nine months prison, William Thomas Douglas [62] was due to be released in December of this year, however was given a royal pardon this week in a wave of 6 months off his already lenient sentence.

Mr. Douglas admitted to shooting American tourist Gary Bruce Poretsky [46] three times in a Chiang Mai restaurant following an argument regarding Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Asked why he shot Mr. Poretsky he said, “because I don’t like Americans”.

Douglas served in the Vietnam War as a non-conscripted infantry soldier and is believed to have had a nervous breakdown after his second tour of duty. Before Poretsky’s murder, Douglas had lived in Thailand for more than two decades and was receiving a pension.

Sandra Fall, Mr. Poretsky’s mother, stated that his early release and lenient treatment in general raises questions about the Thai judicial system. “I am angry with the Thai government and also my own government for not doing more to put Douglas away for more than the sentence he received.”

At present it is believed the Mr. Douglas is resisting deportation procedures in order to remain in the kingdom where he is married to a Thai woman.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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