Mob Lynch and Stab Road Rage Driver in Bangkok

MOB LYNCH AND STAB ROAD RAGE DRIVER IN BANGKOK – With the political storms raging in Bangkok, with the remit of overthrowing the current Government, many now view Thailand as a wholly lawless and corrupt society.

It must be noted that it is the right of any citizen, in a democracy, to protest peacefully but the ongoing protests have been anything but peaceful as both Yellow Shirt and Red Shirt supporters continue to perpetrate violent crimes on one another in order gain the political advantage.

Thai society is anything but democrat, most simply are unable to grasp and understand the concept and in a country where the police can be bought off it shouldn’t be surprising when citizens take the law into their own hands.

Thai justice, at least how Thais see it, was once again played out on the streets of Bangkok after a lynch mob captured a bus driver, fatally stabbed him and then lynched him.

According to the Thai Police, Sirisak Saengsri, 19, died in a police hospital after being stabbed four times.

It was alleged that Sirisak Saengsri stole a mini-bus and went on the rampage, crashing into some 12 vehicles, including four taxies, a motorcycle and a fruit vending cart during a road rage incident in the heart of Bangkok.

Police are yet unable to determine who stabbed Sirisak Saengsri as the CCTV footage shows a large number of people attacking him.

This is not unfortunately an isolated incident; again when the people cannot rely on the police with clear evidence that they are often paid off, is it little wonder why members of the public take the law into their own hands and medley out punishment on the spot?

Read any story of a motoring accident in Thailand and it quickly becomes apparent that it is standard practice for the driver of the offending vehicle to flee the scene; most give themselves up to the police within 24 hours.

The fear is that it would be irrelevant if it was a mere accident in the eyes of locals for they will extract their own style of justice right on the street; often leaving the one responsible for the accident either severely beaten or dead.

Recently on the holiday island of Phuket a Russian driver hit a young 16 year old boy on his motorcycle at 1am; the Thai boy wasn’t wearing a helmet, wasn’t legally permitted to drive and police concluded he died at the scene.

The Russian driver didn’t stop but rather fled the scene and shortly after caught a flight out of Thailand back to Russia.

It might appear inconceivable that an accident would drive someone to take such drastic measures but the issue here is one of a failed justice system; for within hours of the announcement the boy’s parents were calling on the police to bring the Russians to justice and demanded they pay compensation of at least 1 million Thai Baht (approx £19,000).

Many feel that this was more about money than it was about seeking justice and disturbingly nobody, including the police, appeared willing to consider that this was merely an accident and that the actions of the Russian driver was a direct consequence of the failings of Thai justice.

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  • private

    Given the state of things, I’d run too! Not out of lack of compassion of course, but understanding the climate. I wouldn’t even turn myself in to the police. I’d call the lawyer and negotiate everything from a safe distance! After all, it’s all about money!

    • meebal

      Considering the report this morning it would appear that the underlying issue here is to seek compensation.

      What is not clear, and really disturbing, is that fact that the parents appear to unscathed …. that is there are no reports of the police asking the parents why a 16 boy was out riding a motorbike; A) At 1am, B) Without a helmet and; C) Without a valid driver’s licence, because he was in fact too young to be driving a vehicle of any description.

      When basic laws such as these are flouted then it’s not surprising the mess that Thailand is in that we read on a daily basis.

      • SaiLangKham

        ” C) Without a valid driver’s licence, because he was in fact too young to be driving a vehicle of any description.”


        • meebal

          The point is where’s the police action to clamp down on such offences?

          • SaiLangKham

            It would inspire more confidence in your writing if you bothered to get your facts straight.

          • meebal

            Well add your facts and enlighten us all, that’s what is all about.

          • SaiLangKham

            A 16-year old in Thailand is entitled to hold a ‘Private Motorcycle Licence’.

            Russians are a menace, particularly in Phuket and Pattaya, but that does not excuse the compensation culture that is at work here, but that is a direct consequence of how justice is bought by wealthy Thais. (see below)

            This is yet another example of your using any excuse to dip your pen in vitriol where Thailand is concerned. Before you resort to telling me that I have no compassion etc. please remember that Myanmar hilltribe people living legally in Thailand, or more especially if they are there illegally, know far more about the problems in Thai society than does any Westerner.

            You are far too casual with your ‘facts’ and if you want to learn about Thailand try ‘googling’….’Red Bull Heir’, ‘Duangchalerm’, ‘Orachorn Don Muang’ and there are many others. So, yes, I don’t wear rose-tinted spectacles.

          • meebal

            Yes we read a lot about the Red Bull Heir. This is not about criticising you but rather asking for your insight. You obviously live in Thailand and therefore your input is always welcome.