Phramongkutklao hospital’s bomber given an addition of 78 years’ jailterm

  • 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

An ex-engineer who was earlier sentenced to 26 years’ imprisonment for planting a home-made bomb at a dispensary waiting room of Phramongkutklao Hospital last year was on Wednesday (Jan 17) found guilty in three more bombing cases and given 78 years and 30 months’ jailterm.

Wattana Poomret, 62, a former engineer at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), was found guilty by the Criminal Court on three court cases.

The three court cases are related to bomb explosions in front of the former Government Lottery Office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, at the National Theatre and at a public phone booth in front of Major Cineplex Ratchayothin. The three incidents occurred in 2007 and 2017.

Wattana was ordered to pay 140,000 baht in compensation to two injured bomb victims.

Before the court read its verdicts on the three cases, Wattana asked for mercy from the court, claiming that he had confessed to the crimes and had been cooperative with the police in their investigation.

In response to his plea, the court said it had seen his testimonies and delivered its verdicts accordingly.

The Phramongkutklao bombing occurred on May 22, 2017. The explosion wounded 21 people, both military personnel and civilians, some of them seriously.  The blast also destroyed the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) system and other equipment worth altogether about 1.2 million baht.