BANGKOK - Former beauty pageant contestant Krisana "Mona" Suwanpitak was jailed for life on Wednesday (Feb 20) after the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court in Bangkok found her guilty of the 2012 murder of her 16-year-old maid, Jariya Srisak.
The girl's body was buried near Krisana's home in Phetchaburi's Muang district to conceal the crime.
Public prosecutors charged Krisana, 47, with murder and concealing the body while two other defendants, Krisana's younger friend Prathana Tuamsap, 37, and Krisana's younger brother and local village headman Pramote Suwanpitak, 45, were charged with helping her conceal the crime.
The judge handed Krisana the life sentence after hearing damning evidence, including that of her own daughter, who saw her assaulting Jarinya before the death.
Co-defendant Prathana also testified that Krisana had a short fuse and could be violent when angered.
Jariya's mother had demanded 1.46 million baht (S$63,420) compensation for the loss of her daughter, plus 15 per cent annual interest until payment was fully received. The court therefore ordered Krisana to pay 1,065,776 baht in compensation, plus 7.5 per cent annual interest.