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A thousand baht fine, that's a joke, to these scumbags that's chump change, why the heck dint the court set a proper example and fine them 40,000 Baht and pay compensation to the victims of at least 500,000 Baht.<snip>

Because that would be against the law.

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What a joke this court, hypocrite.

He got fined to the maximum of the law, what more do you want?

Are you sure?

(Thai Criminal Code) Section 295 Whoever, causes injury to the other person in body or mind is said to commit bodily harm, and shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding two years or fined not exceeding four thousand Baht, or both.

FOUR thousand, not 500. That is the maximum for light injuries. For more severe injuries the penalty is higher.

Still, even 4000B would be a ridiculously small amount for an act that could easily kill someone.

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Farang damages jet-ski, charge is 30,000 - 50,000

Thai damages farang, charge is 500

Unfortunately Thailand ( and many other countries) still considers property more important/valuable that human life, much like in Europe 100 years ago. Really sad.

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A thousand baht fine, that's a joke, to these scumbags that's chump change, why the heck dint the court set a proper example and fine them 40,000 Baht and pay compensation to the victims of at least 500,000 Baht.<snip>

Because that would be against the law.

The court could have imposed a jail sentence of 2 years PLUS a 4,000B fine per offence. It chose instead to give a slap on the wrist. But keep on with your endless defence of people to whom you mean absolutely nothing - it is very entertaining!

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This is a brief outtake from the Australian criminal justice system statistics page.........
"An assault offender with no prior convictions faces a 2.8 per cent chance of imprisonment. By contrast, an assault offender with four or more prior convictions faces a 42.9 per cent chance of imprisonment. Among those who received prison sentences, the average minimum term was 9 months and the average aggregate sentence was 15 months. "
What it shows is that those habitual criminals charged and convicted with a crime receive higher penalties.....which is what should happen.
This case in Thailand is laying the foundations of justice for future criminal acts of this particular person.....give the system time to work.

That includes all categories of assaults,

Unlawful assault - pushing someone or placing a person in fear of being assaulted

Recklessly Causing injury - push someone and they stumble sprain a wrist/bruising

Intentionally Cause injury - Intentionally inflicting pain, causing bruising, swelling or minor fracture.

Recklessly Cause Serious Injury - A combination of injuries, an impairment permanent or temporary (loss of sight due to major swelling, major fracture)

Intentionally Causing Serious Injury

Assault with a weapon.

Most assaults fall into the categories of unlawful assault and recklessly causing injury and chances of prison time for 1st offence are minimal. Using a weapon during the commission of the offence indicates intention to cause injury whether that be simply pain. It is considered a serious offence.

A 1st time offender convicted of the offences of Assault with a weapon and intentionally causing injury has the very high chance of a prison term generally around 28 days depending on the degree of injury. Have known many 1st time offenders convicted of such charges to get jail.

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A thousand baht fine, that's a joke, to these scumbags that's chump change, why the heck dint the court set a proper example and fine them 40,000 Baht and pay compensation to the victims of at least 500,000 Baht.<snip>

Because that would be against the law.

The court could have imposed a jail sentence of 2 years PLUS a 4,000B fine per offence. It chose instead to give a slap on the wrist. But keep on with your endless defence of people to whom you mean absolutely nothing - it is very entertaining!

Who am I defending here except the law?

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I can't belive it 1000 THB???? What about the damage charges of injuries and hospital? joke is the law in Thailand....Sure if u do the same to the bastard u will have to pay for his family, villagers and will expelled from here...Outrageous

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Because that would be against the law.

The court could have imposed a jail sentence of 2 years PLUS a 4,000B fine per offence. It chose instead to give a slap on the wrist. But keep on with your endless defence of people to whom you mean absolutely nothing - it is very entertaining!

Who am I defending here except the law?

I think you are ill advised in trying to defend something you clearly know so little about. smile.png You claimed that the maximum fine for an assault is 500B, eight times lower than the true figure.

Quite apart from the fine, the judge could have sentenced the defendant to jail time, but did not.

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

Totally agree.

First, there was moaning that nothing was done, now the moaning continues.

I am not familiar with the Thai penal code but I should suspect that fines in general are lower than say in Oz or the USA. Lots of Thais for which THB 1,000 are a fair chunk of cash.

Again, totally agree. This at the very least is a step in the right direction and shows some will from the Thai authorities to address such stupid acts as have been perpetrated by these morons. Let us hope that this is the start of a clean up - we can only live in hope. The longest journey begins with the first step as they say.

Your optimism might be well-founded if this were the first time a Thai has had received ANY punishment for assaulting a foreigner, and/or the fine, while small, was at least higher than what had been imposed in the past.

But check this: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/566898-phuket-tuk-tuk-driver-gets-suspended-sentence-for-attack-on-tourist/

14 months ago, assault on a tourist results in 3 month suspended sentence and 3,000 Baht fine. Now an assault results in only 500 Baht fine. At that rate, by Christmas foreigners will actually PAY for the privilege of being beaten up! smile.png

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So if I smacked him back, and got charged, would I get a 1000 baht fine? If so sounds worth it to me!

ah no as Thai's are more expensive than a farang. You will probably get publically hung and quartered, have to pay compensation to his entire extended family for their suffering and then your first born will be sent off for medical experiments. Your remains will be bagged stamped C.O.D (Cash on Delivery) and sent to your loved ones back home.

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