THE COMMITTEE investigating the death of Tawatchai Anukul while in the custody of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is trying to determine if his liver ruptured before or after he allegedly hanged himself.
Prominent forensic doctor, Khunying Dr Porntip Rojanasunan, as the committee’s adviser, said doctors will meet today to discuss the timing of the injury.
Porntip said the liver ruptured due to blunt force trauma. She said there was no bruising on that part of the body, only on his ribs.
It is still unclear whether Tawatchai committed suicide or was hanged, she said.
She said she wanted to check Tawatchai’s fractured larynx as the autopsy did not open the neck area and she was unsure about the ligature mark position.
Porntip said the hospital’s X-ray film showed Tawatchai’s ribs were intact but the autopsy report said his ribs – the 2nd to 6th on the right and the 2nd to 7th on the left – were broken.
Meanwhile, Bangkok’s Thung Song Hong Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Mana Pohchuay said investigators had nearly completed the interview of witnesses and people of interest, including over 10 DSI officers.
They also received the autopsy result from the Police General Hospital’s Institute of Forensic Medicine, which was in line with the earlier reported cause of death as a ruptured liver.
He said investigators would invite the doctor who conducted the autopsy to testify tomorrow.
Tawatchai, 66, died on August 30, a day after he was detained by the DSI.
He was accused of illegally issuing title deeds worth about Bt10 billion.