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08 April 2013 :: 16:04:57 pm 73686

Suspected Teen Drug Dealer Beaten By Huay Yai Cops

A 16-year-old boy suspected of being a drug dealer by Huay Yai police was hospitalized with a ruptured intestine after 3 officers beat him. They were trying to get the boy to confess, after a drug user named him as his dealer. But the boy refused to admit selling drugs, so he was beaten.
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PATTAYA – April 6, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 4 p.m., a report of an injured teen being hospitalized after a beating by police was received by Mrs. Paweena Hongsakul, the chairman of Paweena foundation for children and women; and Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha Thartsart, Commander, Chonburi province.

They went to Banglamung hospital to check on the injured teen after receiving a complaint by the boy’s mother. She was identified as Mrs. Itthaya Deeraksa, occupation local fisherman, age 36, living in Tambon Na Jomtien, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

Mrs. Itthaya came to complain that her son, Mr. Theeraphat Kaewthita, age 16, was beaten by several police officers from Huay Yai police station, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

The officers were trying to force her son to confess to being a dealer in a drug dealing gang, and beat him until he got severely injured. Mrs. Itthaya said her son had been accused of selling drugs by a drug user who got arrested by the Huay Yai police. The man, identified as a “Mr. Phae” (alias), age 23, was caught with 1 pill of amphetamine.

The officers then commanded Mr. Phae to contact his drug dealer, and if he helped them arrest the dealer, then the police would either release Mr. Phai, or allow him to be a witness in the case instead of being prosecuted.

So Mr. Phae made the phone call to her son, and made an appointment to see each other in front of Baan Huaykhwang train station, Tambon Na Jomtien. Then Mr. Phae asked her son whether he has any more drugs or not, but her son replied that he didn’t have any.

Then three men in a bronze Isuzu pickup truck drove up. They claimed to be police officers from Huay Yai police station. They men arrested and handcuffed her son while pointing a gun to point at his head. The men began threatening her son, to get him to confess that he is an amphetamine dealer. But her son refused to confess and claimed that he never sold drugs. So the 3 police officers beat him until he got severely injured.

The police then asked her son whether he knew Mr. Tai or not, so her son replied that Mr. Tai is his stepfather. The 3 men then forced her son to get on the pickup truck, and told him to bring them to the house. Then they took her son and her husband to the Huay Yai police station to test their urine, and found that both of them had violet urine, indicating drug use.

So the police restrained Mr. Tai, at which time her son told the police that he had serious stomach pains. He asked the police to bring him to the hospital. So the police sent him to Wat Yannasangwararam hospital, where he stayed for 1 night.

But son didn’t recover, so she brought her son to Banglamung hospital, where the doctor had to bring him to the surgery room immediately because his intestine was punctured. Her son had to stay in the hospital for 1 week.

Mrs. Paweena Hongsakul, the chairman of the foundation, revealed that after inspecting the facts, she found that the behavior of Huay Yai police station was inappropriate and excessively violent. Because the suspect was legally still a minor, he should not have been physically beaten, she said.

And if the injured victim was really a drug dealer or user, their duty was to help the minor boy get drug treatment, and not beat him until he got severely injured and had to stay in the hospital for several days. However, she will assist his parents to notify and prosecute the offending police officers absolutely.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha Thartsart, Commander, Chonburi province said that he already got a report from the superintendent of Huay Yai police station. He inspected for the facts and found that there were 4 officers involved in the boy’s arrest, which included the volunteer police and the police of Huay Yai police station. But they beat him too severely until he got severely injured.

However, the police commander said he will not protect his subordinates if the investigation reveals that they did not operate within the boundaries if the law. Initially, he let the relatives of the injured notify to prosecute the group of police officers who beat Mr. Theeraphat. As for any punishment, the commander said he first had to see the result of the investigation.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Crime News

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