Killer cop's leniency appeal rejected

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition for leniency by a former police captain sentenced by two lower courts to 10 years in jail for shooting dead a woman army officer in 2010.

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About 1am on Nov 2, 2010 then-police captain Nopparit Wisetsak, 45, an administrative duty officer attached to Metropolitan Police Division 9, stormed into a northeastern food restaurant on Pracharat 2 road in Bangsue district in a jealous rage.

He shot Chief Warrant Officer Kesara Jaisangad, 39, of the Logistics Office of the Support Service Department, in the head with a 9mm handgun, killling her instantly.

Nopparit and Kesara had had an intimate relationship. She was eating and drinking with seven of her friends in the restaurant when Nopparit murdered her.

Nopparit surrendered to police on Nov 5. He claimed he accidentally pulled the gun's trigger and had no intention of shooting her.

The Criminal Court on May 17, 2012 found him guilty of murder while in a rage and rejected his claim that the shooting was accidental.

The court sentenced him to 15 years in jail for murder and a fine of 2,100 baht for illegally carrying a weapon in public. Because he cooperated with authorities and the court, the jail sentence was reduced by one-third to 10 years and the fine to 1,400 baht.

On May 7, 2013 the Appeals Court upheld the lower court's decision.

Nopparit petitioned the Supreme Court for leniency. The court ruled there were no grounds for leniency.

Nopparit has been in prison since the Criminal Court delivered its judgement in 2012, Bail was refused during his appeal. During the trial he paid 4.5 million baht in damages to relatives of his victim.

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