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4 Myanmar workers sentenced to 2-8 years for teen girl’s murder in Ranong

Four Myanmar migrant workers were handed down jail terms ranging from 2-8 years by the Ranong provincial court and Ranong juvenile court after they were found guilty of the murder of an 18-year-old Thai female student in Ranong three years ago.

The four Myanmar workers, including two youths, were accused of stabbing to death Ms Orawee Sampaothong, a Mathayom 6 school girl on September 18, 2015 as she was walking alone in a soi next to Saphan Phra monastery in Tambon Bang Rin, Muang district.

They allegedly told police that they were furious after they were chided by the victim and decided to attack her with knives.

According to the police, Ms Orawee was stabbed 17 times and eventually died from the wounds.  Police later arrested the four workers – two of them who are youths were tried in the juvenile court while the rest who are adults were tried in the provincial court.

Of the two youths, one of them was sentenced to four years imprisonment and ordered to pay the victim’s family 800,000 baht in compensation while the other was given two years plus a 200,000 baht in compensation to be paid to the victim’s family.

For the two adult defendants, the court sentenced each of them to six years in prison and ordered them to pay the victim’s family 570,000 baht each.  However, one of them, Mr Maosen, was given another two years because he used to be imprisoned before.

Relatives of the four Myanmar workers maintained that they were framed and vowed to appeal the verdict to the higher court.  

However, the family of the victim said they were pleased with the verdicts of the two courts, but they didn’t expect to receive the compensation.

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