The notorious wealthy man accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend turned himself into the Bangkok police this morning, one week after photos of the victim at the police station covered in blood went viral and enraged the public.
Accompanied by his lawyer, suspect Chonlawit Hiranchatchawan, owner of a second-hand car dealership, reported to the Sai Mai police to face charges of assault, defamation, and causing another person to lose their property, for the scandal in which he allegedly attacked his girlfriend, Yodwadee Junsupong, 23, who is two months pregnant.
He also allegedly damaged her phone and tablet, both of which were shown cracked and covered in blood last week, and hasn’t paid back THB150,000 that he allegedly borrowed from her.
Following a three-hour interrogation, Chonlawit denied all charges, claiming it was only a “quarrel in his family.”
He told the press that his decision to report to the police was to “take responsibility” for the incident, adding that he cares about his unborn child and he’d like to apologize to his girlfriend, whom he hasn’t spoken with since the horrific incident, according to Komchadluek. What precisely he has to apologize for if he’s innocent was not immediately clear.
Chonlawit is currently being held at Minburi Provincial Court, where he has the right to apply for bail.
Early in the morning of July 23, Yodwadee shocked the public by showing up at the Sai Mai police station with horrible-looking injuries to file a police report against her boyfriend.
Photos of the pregnant young woman, her outfit spattered in blooed, enraged netizens.
According to media reports, this is not Chonlawit’s first brush with the law. He is alleged to have previously hit two people with his white Porsche in April of this year, as this report on Khaosod confirms. Another report in The Nation claims that Chonlawit hit three people with his grandmother’s Mini Cooper back in 2012, when he was only 17 years old. Thailand’s legal driving age is 18.