No jail for ‘Mu Ham’

A man found guilty of ramming his car into a crowded bus stop, killing one woman and injuring several others, will serve no time in prison, as a result of an Appeals Court ruling yesterday.

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‘Mu Ham’ gets jail time reduced

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In this file photo taken in Jan 2009, Kanpitak Patchimsawat, or Mu Ham, left, accompanied by his father Kan-anek, wais reporters at the provincial court in Phra Khanong district. (KOSOL NAKACHOL)

A man found guilty of ramming his car into a crowded bus stop, killing one woman and injuring several others, will serve no time in prison, as a result of an Appeals Court ruling yesterday.

The court reduced and suspended the prison term handed down to Kanpitak Pachimsawat, 25, the son of a former Miss Thailand, after deciding Kanpitak could not be held responsible for his actions due to a mental disorder.

Kanpitak, better known by his nickname ‘‘Mu Ham’’, was charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder and physical assault in connection with the July 4, 2007 collision.

The defendant is the son of former Miss Thailand Sawinee Pakaranang and businessman Kan-anek Pachimsawat.

He drove his Mercedes Benz sedan into a crowd waiting at a bus stop in Watthana district, killing one woman and severely injuring two other people, following a quarrel with a bus driver.

Saichol Luangsaeng, a staff member with the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, was killed.

In 2009, the Phra Khanong provincial court sentenced Kanpitak to 10 years and a month in jail, rejecting a claim by his family that he could not control himself due to his disorder.

The court yesterday read out its verdict at the Phra Khanong provincial court. The judges said they were convinced Kanpitak was unable to control himself.

The judges said they reached the conclusion after discussing the matter with Kanpitak’s physician and other medical experts including psychologists, social workers, clinical psychologists and nurses. The meeting concluded Kanpitak suffered from bipolar disorder. They ruled that he was unable to control himself while angry and his actions during the fatal incident were involuntary.

The court initially reduced the sentence to three years, and then further reduced it to a term of two years, suspended, on the grounds the defendant had paid compensation that satisfied the injured parties and family of the deceased. The plaintiffs did not want to file civil and criminal cases against him.

reduce – to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc ลดลง
find guilty – to prove in a court of law that someone has committed a crime พิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิด
ram – to hit or push something with force กระแทก
injure – to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย
Appeals Court (Court of Appeals) – a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed ศาลอุทธรณ์
ruling – a decision by a court of law คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
suspend a prison term – a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions รอลงอาญา
hold responsible – to blame someone or something ต้องรับผิดชอบ
mental – connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ
disorder – an illness or medical condition ความผิดปกติทางกายหรือใจ
nickname – an informal name for someone or something, especially a name which you are called by your friends or family, usually based on your proper name or your character ชื่อเล่น
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
premeditated – planned in advance คาดคิดมาก่อน
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
assault – attacking someone violently  การทำร้ายร่างกาย
in connection with – relating to something ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับ
defendant – someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial จำเลย
sedan – a closed car with a front and back seat for  passengers รถยนต์ส่วนบุคคลสี่ประตู
severely – very seriously อย่างรุนแรง
quarrel – an argument or strong disagreement การทะเลาะเบาะแว้ง
mass transit – involving the movement of large numbers of people, using buses, trains, etc. การขนส่งมวลชน
sentence – (of a court of law) to officially state what someone's punishment will be พิพากษา, ตัดสินลงโทษ
reject – to not accept something ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
claim – saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
due to – because of เนื่องจาก
verdict – a decision by a court of law คำพิพากษา
convinced – certain; sure แน่ใจ, มั่นใจ
conclusion – something that you decide is true after consider all the evidence and thinking about it carefully การสรุป,บทสรุป
matter – a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
physician – a doctor, especially one who is a specialist in general medicine and not surgery หมอ,แพทย์, นายแพทย์
psychologist – someone who studies how people’s minds work and how this affects their behavior นักจิตวิทยา
nurse – someone who is trained to look after ill or injured people, usually in a hospital พยาบาล
bipolar disorder – a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or verb bad feelings/emotions and depression โรคจิตชนิดไบโปลาร์,ความแปรปรวนชนิดสองขั้ว
fatal – causing someone to die ถึงตาย
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
involuntary – happening without the person concerned wanting it to; done suddenly, without you intending it or being able to control it ไม่ได้ตั้งใจ, ไม่รู้ตัว, ไม่ได้คิด,
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
on the grounds – for the reason ด้วยเหตุผลว่า
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย
party – one of the people or groups of people involved in an official argument, arrangement or similar situation คู่กรณี
deceased – dead  ซึ่งตายแล้ว
plaintiff – someone who makes a legal complaint against someone else in court โจทก์
civil – of a case filed a court that deals with non-criminal matters, especially complaints made by people against other people or organisations  คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาลแพ่ง

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