Detention chief insists inmate cared for before he died

Pathum Thani Central Detention chief Channarong Chanlikhit yesterday insisted that officials at his facility ensured that a detainee, who was fatally beaten up, was provided medical help in time.

His comments came in response to claims that Krisana Jeungjareon, detained for 42 days at the Thanyaburi district detention facility instead of being fined Bt200 (S$7.70) per day, had been fatally attacked and not taken to hospital in time.

Insisting that the facts were twisted, Channarong said Krisana became agitated and picked a fight with seven other inmates, who retaliated by beating him up. The incident took place on March 7, he said, and the man was taken to Thanyaburi Hospital at 1am.

The doctor at the hospital said Krisana had only sustained bruises to his face and a broken nose, and since he was able to communicate, he was given medicines and returned to the detention facility.

After Krisana was found dead in his cell at 10pm on March 9, his body was sent to Thammasat Chalermphrakiat Hospital in Rangsit, where it was found that he died from subdural haematoma and acute heart failure.

Channarong said a committee had investigated and sent the seven attackers to court, and is also investigating the two other individuals who were allegedly involved.