Compliant filed for slow action on Chinese woman death

Jun Mei Gao submits a complaint against the slow prosecution involving the death of his daughter in Hua Hin with Tawatchai Thaikyo, deputy permanent secretary for justice, at the Justice Ministry in Bangkok on Thursday. (Justice Ministry photo)

A 52-year-old Chinese man on Thursday complained with the Justice Ministry on slow prosecution concerning the death of his daughter in a road accident during her visit to Hua Hin.

Jun Mei Gao filed the complaint with Tawatchai Thaikyo, deputy permanent secretary for justice, about the death of his 25-year-old daughter, Juan Gao, in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan, early this month.

Accompanying Mr Jun, lawyer Narong Thongkham said Juan was riding a motorcycle and making a U-turn when a van carrying fresh pork hit her.

The woman was thrown 19 metres away from the location in urban Hua Hin where speeding was prohibited, the lawyer said. The woman succumbed to her injury at a hospital later.

The Chinese father had sought help from the Tourism and Sports Ministry because Juan was a tourist who legally visited Thailand. There was no concrete progress from police after they received a complaint on the incident. They only made an appointment for the father to negotiate for damages with the insurance firm of the van, the lawyer said.

Mr Jun said he was running out of money as the morgue where her body was kept charged him 2,000 baht a day. The alternative was even more costly — the transport of the body back to China would cost more than 100,000 baht. Besides, the pork transporter would not meet him.

Mr Tawatchai said he wondered why local police had not pressed charges as the incident had happened several days ago.

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