Anna Reese refuses to pay 6.2m baht compensation for dead cop

The Thai-British actress Anna Reese who killed a police officer in a car crash in June refused to pay the THB6.2 million compensation and tried to haggle the price down in talks with his family Saturday.

Two months after telling the public she was “prepared to help the family in anyway” and becoming a nun for a week, actress Anna Reese, 28, said she would not pay the THB6.2 million requested by the family of Pol. Lt. Napadol Wongbandit.

“The settlement has not been reached,” Anna said after she walked out of the four-hour meeting at Prawet Police Station Saturday. “There will be further meetings.”

The deceased’s wife, Chanthana Wongbundit, said the THB6.2 million compensation she requested was reasonable, considering her husband’s expected future earnings from the police force and the fact she has two young daughters.

Of the THB6.2 million, Anna’s insurance company agreed to pay THB1.2 million, leaving THB5 million for the actress to pay. She refused and offered THB2 million instead, Khaosod English reported.

“Anna says she will only pay THB2 million, which I think is unreasonable,” Chanthana said.

Early on June 26, Anna crashed her Mercedes into a parked police car killing the officer inside on a motorway. Napadol, a 44-year-old inspector with the Suphanburi Police Department, was found dead with a cracked skull in the driver’s seat while Anna only had minor injuries.

She refused to be arrested and had a mental breakdown at the scene, yelling she was “not ready [to be arrested].” The actress was allowed to go home and wasn’t given an alcohol or drugs test until almost 12 hours later when she turned herself in.

If convicted, Anna could face 10 years in jail and another six months for not cooperating with police at the scene.

Photos: @Hui_Nation


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