Another case of death behind bars in South

The body of Suriya Suparak, a drug inmate who died behind bars at Takua Pa prison in Phangnga province, is taken to a temple in home province in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Ron Phibun district for a religious ceremony. His family vowed not to cremate the body after autopsy results showed severe bruises, broken ribs and swelling brain. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT-The family of a drug inmate who died behind bars in neighbouring Phangnga province has vowed not to cremate his body until after the justice is given as severe bruises were found on his body.

Autopsy results on Suriya Suparak, 47, of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Ron Phibun district, showed several bruises on the body, leading his relatives to believe that he was beaten while being jailed in the prison at Takua Pa district in Phangnga province.

They were not convinced by prison officials’ claims that Suriya died after passing out during work.

The relatives later sent his body to Surat Thani’s forensic institute for a post-mortem examination which found severe bruises on his body.

Veerayut Suparak, 48, an elder brother of the inmate, said Suriya had been arrested in Krabi on a drug charge. Suriya was later sent to Takua Pa prison in Krabi four years ago and had only one year left to serve when he died.

“I’m not strongly convinced that my brother passed out and died. I told police investigating his body that it was likely Suriya had been murdered. The officers then sent his body for an autopsy at the forensic institute in Surat Thani province. Forensic doctors told us that Suriya suffered three broken ribs, a ruptured liver, a swelling brain and severe bruises caused by hard objects. This suggested that Suriya had been beaten to death,” said the inmate’s elder brother. 

His relatives on Thursday took the body to Wat Thaloengkitiyaram in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Ron Phibun district for religious rites.

His father Boonyuen Suparak, 74, and relatives said they would not cremate the body until justice was served.  

They wanted those involved in the alleged assault of the inmate to face legal action. They believed more than two people were involved.

Mr Boonyuen said he would file a complaint with all concerned agencies to ask for justice for his son.

A relative shows photos of the body of Suriya Suparak, an inmate in Phangnga’s Takua Pa, who died at the prison. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)

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