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Lawyer makes multiple excuses for "Sia B" after tragic fire at Mountain B - will ask court for bail


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The lawyer acting for the owner of Mountain B nightclub where a fire last week killed 15 and injured dozens was at the police station in Sattahip yesterday making multiple excuses for his young client and saying he deserved bail.

 

The club that was operating illegally and had sub-standard building materials, according to police, is owned by a 27 year old man called Pongsiri Panprasong - now known in the Thai media as "Sia B".

 

Sia is a word for a wealthy businessperson, notes ASEAN NOW.

 

Lawyer Anucha Wongsrirat was at Phlu Ta Luang police station yesterday trying to get sympathy for his client.

 

He said that he deserved bail because there might have been negligence but there was no intent, reported Thai Rath.

 

He had made no attempt to flee and was actively engaged in working with family members to provide compensation to the growing list of claimants, a tough task.

 

He hoped the court would understand that and realise that giving bail to his client would facilitate the arranging of compensation payments.

 

He would not try to run away.

 

He said the family were shocked by what happened. 

 

Speaking of the owner he said:

 

"He's just a kid making his way in life, making a future for himself.

 

"He doesn't have much knowledge or understanding of the world and has made mistakes".

 

He said that the compensation would be a difficult business as it involves many people and the land couldn't be used for that purpose.

 

Mountain B was on rented land. 

 

The lawyer further claimed that the nightclub was a "family business" and that the family were not connected to politicians or people high up in the civil service.

 

"They're just normal business folk," he claimed.

 

He said that the press should check their sources when they claim that influential people were behind Mountain B's operation.

 

Meanwhile police continue their investigation with the possibility of many more charges in the pipeline.

 

The tragedy was the worst nightclub fire since the Santika blaze in Bangkok at New Year 13 years ago. 

 

Clubs throughout Thailand are being double checked and many in Bangkok have been ordered temporarily shut, notes ASEAN NOW. 

 

Pongsiri has reportedly confessed to two charges related to negligence and operating without a licence pressed so far. He has been in custody since Saturday.

 

The bail application is imminent according to media reports. 

 

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Police asked the court to extend the detention of the owner of Mountain B pub pending prosecution on charges of negligence causing death and the unauthorized operation of the pub. He apologized for the loss of dead and injured victims and promised full compensation.

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Just now, Crossy said:

 

Yup, hence the need for investigations.

Agreed but this is Thailand. If they look, or as it has been suggested they look to overseas building control standards and investigation procedures and rectification process let's hope they don't look to the UK and the Grenfell Tower block.

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"Clubs throughout Thailand are being double checked and many in Bangkok have been ordered temporarily shut, notes ASEAN NOW. "

 

Same same after the Santika fire.

 

They should shut down Soi 2 in BKK. All rear fire escapes blocked off and no access for fire engines front or back in a very narrow lane packed with bars and a huge club that gets absolutely choker at weekends and esp Xmas and New Year. A tragedy screaming to happen.

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3 hours ago, starky said:

So which is it ? A successful businessman or just a poor simple kid making hos way in life?

Speaking of which is it

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He said that the compensation would be a difficult business as it involves many people and the land couldn't be used for that purpose.

 

Mountain B was on rented land. 

 

The lawyer further claimed that the nightclub was a "family business

 

So did the poor simple kid know he couldnt use the land for a nightclub and is it his or the families? Talk aboit contradictory b.s

I think what is meant is that the land can't be sold because he was only renting, so he can't personally sell it. 

 

And that the club had different investors, so he wasn't able to figure out how or if any of them would help

 

Probably the landlowners let them rent the building for the club with different people investing from his family? But he was the one running the show, and he can't depend on any of them;

 

Just a guess

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12 minutes ago, Ralf001 said:

The place was "built" as a restaurant.

Highly doubt any architect or inspector know anything about soundproofing that was likely added at a later date.

You still need a license which includes inspections

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2 hours ago, JimmyJ said:

But then it will be much  more difficult for him to rapidly transfer his assets to family members before the coming personal lawsuits.

Shouldn't be any problem transferring his money,  just use the mobile phone he will have in prison,  even though they are not allowed  - but that's just a minor issue to many. 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He hoped the court would understand that and realise that giving bail to his client would facilitate the arranging of compensation payments.

 

He would not try to run away.

Well on that note , set him free . Shouldn't think that " legal " argument has ever been used.

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8 minutes ago, Photoguy21 said:

You still need a license which includes inspections

Licence for an illegal premises..... Bwahahahahahahahaha

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35 minutes ago, Ralf001 said:

The place was "built" as a restaurant.

Highly doubt any architect or inspector know anything about soundproofing that was likely added at a later date.

Never seen a restaurant built without windows

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