Vorayuth pleads illness, evades prosecutor
Lawyers for Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, the 28-year-old Red Bull heir wanted in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorbike policeman exactly a year ago, told public prosecutors that Vorayuth was sick in Singapore and hence unable to show up to hear charges against him yesterday.
Lawyer Tanit Buakhiao met with Bangkok South Criminal Court prosecutor Reucha Kraireuk, in charge of the case, at 3pm and said that Vorayuth had left Thailand last Thursday for a business trip but had suddenly fallen ill and so was unable to travel back. Tanit delivered a medical certificate from his client's doctors and said that, after resting for 2-3 days as they had recommended, Vorayuth would return to Thailand to meet with the prosecutor.
Reucha said he would today ask police investigators to secure an arrest warrant for Vorayuth, who is accused of involvement in the September 3, 2012 crash that killed Police Senior Sergeant-Maj Wichian Klanprasert.
Reucha said the prosecutors planned to object to any request for bail for the Red Bull heir when he is presented to court for trial. Vorayuth faces two charges: causing death and damage to property through reckless driving, and failing to stop and assist the victim. An additional charge of speeding would be dropped, as the statute of limitation expired today, said Reucha.