Former TV host sentenced to one year suspended jail term

Former TV host and actor Akkaranat “Nott” Ariyaritwikul was today (June 30) sentenced to a one year suspended jail term in a notorious road rage in November last year.

His friend Wittawat Sribundhitmongkol who was with him during the road rage was also given the same suspended jail term after the Criminal Court found them guilty of assaulting and forcing an employee of Talingchan revenue office, Kittisak Singto, to prostrate his car on November 4 last year.

At first the court sentenced both to two years in prison each, but commuted the term by half when they pleaded guilty. However, the jail term was suspended because they have never been jailed before.

Instead the court ordered that them to work 24 hours in social services and to report to behaviour control officials four times every three months in a year.

The incident happened in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district and prompted a wave of outrage on social media after a video clip showing Akkaranat forcing Mr Kittisak to kneel down and prostrate in front of his scratched Mini Cooper car.

Mr Kittisak received broken nose, and damage to both eyes and extensive bruises.

Meanwhile, Mr Songkran Atchariyasap, a lawyer of Mr Kittisak, said that his client would not appeal against the court’s verdict as the defendant had already paid him 180,000 baht in compensation for the assault.

However, he noted that Mr Kittisak is still facing a charge in the Bangkok South District Court filed against him by Mr Akkaranat for allegedly escaping after a car accident.

He said his client wanted the charge to be withdrawn from the court because he had already paid 400 baht in fine to the police for the escape charge.