A 73-year-old woman was Tuesday sentenced to three years and four months in jail for putting up a live wire fencing around her house to protect her kratom, causing a thief to be killed early last year.
The court ruled that Thongdee Jaemsri was guilty in premeditated murder and having 41 kilograms of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa. Korth) in possession with intent to sell.
The court ruled that Thongdee used too excessive measure to protect her house by putting up 220 volt live wire fencing around her house in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district. The fence killed Maropi Lungmae in February 2010.
The court said the electricity would take three to six minutes to kill a man and the power breaker, which the electric fence was wired to, should warn the woman to cut the power supply but she did nothing until the man was electrocuted.
The court believed that the man sneaked into the house to steal the kratom the woman grew inside her house compound and his leg accidentally touched the wire when he was leaving.
The court initially sentenced Thongdee to three years for causing death to the man and two more years for having kratom in possession. The court commuted the sentence by one third because she confessed, leaving the jail term of 3 years and four months.