Mother, son get suspended jail term for insulting traffic police officer

A district court in Bangkok on Wednesday (Sept 20) sentenced a woman and her 19-year-old son to one month each in jail, suspended for one year, and a fine of 5,000 baht each for insulting a police officer performing his duty.

On the morning of Sept 18, a Thung Mahamek traffic police officer issued a ticket to Payu Sae Ngow, 19, for driving a motorcycle without a driver’s licence and not wearing a safety helmet and the motorcycle did not have a licence number plate.

The young man and his mother, Sarawan, were not satisfied. Both of them hurled abuse at the police officer and cursing him with rude words.

A clip of the mother and son hurling abuse and spitting at the police officers was posted in the social media. The two were heavily condemned by netizens.

Both of them were indicted in the district court.

The court on Sept 20 sentenced Payu to one month in jail and a fine of 5,000 baht for insulting the police officer. He was additionally fined 4,200 baht for traffic law violations. The jail sentence was suspended for one year. He is to report to probation officers every four months.

The mother was sentenced to one month in jail and a fine of 5,000 baht for insulting the police officer on duty. The jail sentence was suspended for one year.