A 19-year-old man was fined a total of Bt9,200 on Tuesday after being found guilty of a series of charges including shouting and spitting at police.
The man’s mother, identified as Sarawan, 38, was sentenced to one month in jail and fined Bt5,000 as she also committed libel acts against the officer, a Criminal Court ruled.
The man, whose name was withheld, was riding on a motorcycle and was stopped at a police road checkpoint in Thung Mahamek area on Monday. He was booked for riding without a helmet, driving licence and having no licence plate on his motorcycle.
Court heard that he refused the charge and started yelling and cursing at the officers. He continued his rant despite seeing that police were recording him. He also spat at the officers and challenged them to fight.
He was arrested and charged with traffic violations and also defamation against police.
His mother attempted to defend her son by yelling and cursing at police. She was also arrested for defaming police officers.
The video of the episode went viral in social media, drawing negative comments from users.
The court reduced the penalties for both suspects as they confessed.
The son was fined Bt1,000 for driving without a licence plate, Bt500 for driving without a driving licence, Bt200 for driving without a helmet, Bt5,000 and one month in jail for defaming police, and Bt2,500 for spitting at them.
The court suspended his jail term for one year and the man is required to report to a probation officer every four months for one year.
The mother’s jail term was reduced to one month and suspended for one year.