Serm Sakhonrat released early to avoid media

December 18, 2011
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Serm Sakhonrat, a 35-year-old inmate who had murdered his girlfriend while he was a medical student and was granted a royal pardon this year, was released two days before schedule on Friday so he could avoid the media. Bang Kwang Prison chief Visanu Prachongkit said yesterday that Serm did not want to be in the news again or for people to pay attention to him. He preferred tranquillity and do meditation. So, the prison allowed him to leave earlier, although he was not due to be released until today. Serm was sentenced to life in prison in March 1998 after he was convicted of murdering and dismembering girlfriend Jenjira Ployangunsri, who was also a medical student. His prison term was reduced on five occasions through pardons. He was in prison for 13 years and nine months – The Nation

13 March 2008: Thai police have said psychological tests have shown that a medical student who has confessed to killing his girlfriend, chopping her up and flushing the pieces down a toilet is not insane. Charges of premeditated murder, which carry the death penalty, would be filed against Serm Sakhonrat, 23, once evidence collection is completed (AP, Bangkok).

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