“Pop-corn” gunman given 37 years and 4 months jailterm

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The hooded “pop-corn” gunman who was seen battling with a group of gunmen terrorizing anti-government protesters at Laksi intersection on February 1, 2014 was today (Thursday) sentenced to 37 years and four months imprisonment.

The defendant, 24-year old Mr Vivat Yodprasit, was found guilty by the Criminal Court of murder, possessing and using firearms in public for his role in battling the gunmen hiding at IT Square building in support of the protesters led by Phra Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Omnoi. One man was killed and three others were injured.

The court initially sentenced Mr Vivat to life imprisonment but commuted the sentence to 37 years and four months for his confession.

On February 1, 2014, Phra Buddha Isara led a group of protesters to Laksi district office to block another group of people attempting to bring election ballots out of the office. But police stopped the group fearing that they might run into the protesters resulting to violence.

Vivat and some friends eventually rushed to the scene to the rescue of the protesters who were pinned down at Laksi intersection by gunmen.

Vivat’s lawyer, Ms Puangthip, said she would appeal against the verdict.