Phramongkutklao hospital bomber gets another 26 years, 6 months in prison

  • Wattana Phumret, 62 (C), a suspect in the bombing of a military hospital on May 22, is escorted by Thai police during a crime reenactment at King Mongkut Hospital in Bangkok on June 20, 2017. A Thai man publicly confessed on June 20 to planting a bomb inside an army-run hospital last month, saying he was motivated by a loathing for the military and their frequent coups. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Retired engineer of Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand Wattana Poomret was on Tuesday (Jan 23) sentenced to 26 years and six months after he was found guilty by the Criminal Court of detonating a bomb at a public telephone booth in front of the Royal Thai Army headquarter, causing serious injuries to two military personnel 11 years ago.

The court originally handed down life imprisonment on Wattana but commuted the sentence to 26 years and six months for his confession to the crime.

The two officers injured by shrapnel of the September 2007 explosion were Corporal Wicha Tarasunthorn and Senior Sgt-Maj Jiradet Atthapong.

Earlier on Dec 6, the EGAT’s retired engineer was handed down 27 years in prison for detonating a bomb hidden in a vase in front of a pharmaceutical unit of Phramongkutklao hospital, injuring 21 people, mostly retired army personnel.  The bombing incident took place on May 22 last year.

Wattana,62, reportedly admitted to being responsible for setting off seven bombing incidents in Bangkok.

The court has delivered verdicts on six cases so far, with Wattana having accumulated 134 years and 48 months of jailterm.

Another remaining case is a bomb at a public telephone booth in Soi Ratchawithi 24 in Bangkok’s Dusit district in May, 2007. One pedestrian was injured in the incident.