Absconding lawyer of wheelchair-bound girl arrested

Teenager Pattarada "Nong Beam" Kaewpong (right) and her mother at Bang Yi Khan police station to identify their absconded lawyer after his arrest on Monday morning. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Police have arrested a lawyer accused of cheating a young girl of 5 million baht in compensation after a 2005 road accident that left her confined to a wheelchair.

Pisit Sammalert is in police custody, along with his wife, and being questioned over the allegation he stole most of the compensation money due to his crippled client Pattarada "Nong Beam" Kaewpong, who is now 14 years old.

It was reported they were apprehended in the parking lot of a condominium in Soi Ram-Indra 125, in Bangkok's Min Buri district.

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