17 years’ jail and cane for Thai man


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Dec 2003

BY M.MAGESWARI

KUALA LUMPUR: A Thai farmer was jailed 17 years and ordered to be caned three times for attempting to murder a policeman and causing hurt to a Red Crescent volunteer worker at the KL Hospital last month. 

Sessions Court judge Akhtar Tahir jailed Sitthichai Palama 15 years after he admitted to have tried to kill Kons Eruandy Saini, 22, by firing a shot from a revolver and causing injury to him at the hospital at 7.28pm on Nov 27.  

PAINFUL LESSON: Thai farmer Sitthichai Palama (front) at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Akhtar jailed Sitthichai, 30, another two years and ordered for him to be whipped three times after he pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt to Tee Kim Lean, 23, with a revolver at the same place and time. 

Akhtar, who ordered the sentences to run consecutively, said he had to view the offences committed by Sitthichai as very serious. 

“The facts showed the accused had acted violently and could be a danger to others in society.  

“Therefore, the appropriate punishment for the accused is a longer jail sentence to serve as a lesson to him and thus avoiding him from posing any danger to society,” Akhtar said in his judgment. 

The judge, who did not accept the guilty plea of Sitthichai on the third charge of attempting to murder Kons Razisham Dan, 21, by firing at him at the same place and time, and fixed Jan 20 for mention. 

Akhtar rejected the plea as he found that facts presented by the prosecution did not show the offence as per its charge. 

As soon as the judgment was delivered, Sitthichai, who appeared calm, bowed his head to show his respect to the judge. 

Pleading for leniency earlier, Sitthichai, from Kampung Mengrai in Chiang Rai, said he had committed the offence because of personal pressure. 

“My parents in Thailand are old and they needed money from me but I could not afford to send any cash back to them. This had become a pressure to me causing me to commit the offence. 

“I came to Malaysia only two days before my arrest to find a job and to be able to send money back. I did not plan to commit any offence in this country. 

“I apologise to you and I beg your mercy to send me to a jail which is near to the Thai border for the convenience of my family members to visit me later,” he said through a Thai interpreter. 

Sitthichai, who also works as a porter, told Akhtar that he had attempted to take his own life before committing the offences as he had asked for a transfer but was denied.  

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