Dead conscript 'beaten up in army jail'

Dead conscript 'beaten up in army jail'

Surat Thani police investigators meet on Monday to discuss the case in which a conscript was found badly injured in an army jail and died at a hospital the next day. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI – The conscript who died at a hospital in this southern province on Saturday was beaten up in an army jail, the commander of the 45th Military Circle in charge of the area said.

Pvt Yutthakinun “Benz” Boonniam, who had served at the camp, was taken to a local hospital on Friday after he was found badly injured while being detained for a disciplinary action. He was pronounced dead by a doctor on Saturday morning.

Maj Gen Vichai Tassanamontien said on Monday the suspects had been unofficially identified, pending forensic results to be known on Tuesday.

“The statements given by four conscripts — three detained at the time and the other assisting in the circle’s jail — were very useful. The truth will be known in a few days,” he said.

He stressed the beating had nothing to do with military training but stemmed from a personal conflict.

“The assault took place in the jail and is a personal conflict,” he said.

According to local reports, the conflict was between the conscript and a sergeant who allegedly ordered the beating.

Earlier, Pvt Yutthakinun reportedly told Renu Modrakhee, his mother, at the hospital he had been attacked by a group of people at the Saeng Phet intersection. Since an army officer was present throughout the time she talked to her son, she did not totally believe him.

When they finally were alone, she asked her son again and he told he was beaten up. “That’s all I can say,” he said, leading her to believe he was beaten in the jail. 

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