HUA HIN’S MAYA PUB COVID SPREADING EVENT RESULTS IN PRISON SENTENCES

On the night of March 30, investigators interviewed management and more than 40 staff and service users at Hua Hin’s Maya Pub and reported allegations for violating the Emergency Decree B.E. 2548, Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558.

Charges were laid against the Maya Music Entertainment Company Limited, with Mr. Charlie Srithongkul, 48 years old, as company director and Mr. Komkrit Pilakong, 43 years old.

HUA HIN’S MAYA PUB COVID SPREADING EVENT RESULTS IN PRISON SENTENCES

Subsequently, on July 30, the Hua Hin Provincial Court has delivered guilty verdicts.  The facts that were presented described circumstances at the Maya Pub between March 30, ’64, from 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. on March 31, 2021.  The allegations were that the Maya Pub opened during these hours to sell food and alcoholic beverages with music and other performances for entertainment.  The defendants were responsible for managing the service and to provide musicians, actors. and arranged singer-actor Joey Boy to perform.

It was alleged that the music performances were in extremely crowded conditions with around 500 people in attendance standing close to each other without arrangements or control to keep a distances between the patrons to not less than 1 metre and without wearing face masks.  As a result, a large number of people attending became infected with Covid-19 and caused the spread of the disease to the general public.

The court ruled that the defendants were guilty, issuing fines of 40,000 THB and imprisonment for 6 months.  With all defendants pleaded guilty, this reduced the sentence by half. The court issued an order granting a temporary release pending appeal with cash deposits of 30,000 baht required for each person.