Pub owner arrested in fatal fire, admits guilt

CHON BURI: The owner of the Sattahip pub that burned down early Friday morning (5 August) killing 15 people is being held at a police station after turning himself in to police last night.

The owner of Mountain B, Pongsiri Panprasong (head bowed, wearing hat) is escorted into the building after arriving at Phlu Ta Luang Police Station for an informal charge hearing. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong

His lawyer said his client had confessed to all the charges, he reports Bangkok Post.

Pongsiri Panprasong, 27, turned himself in to Phlu Ta Luang police. He was immediately escorted into the police station building without speaking to the Meda gathered outside.

The arrest came shortly after Pattaya Provincial Court signed an arrest warrant against him on the following two charges:

– Negligent acts that cause the death of other people

– Running a nightclub without a permit

The burnt down pub Mountain B was registered as a restaurant.

Mr. Pongsiri was taken to the police station cells after hours of interrogation without bail from the police.

Lawyer Anucha Wongsrisat said his client has confessed to the charges and he will apply to the court tomorrow for bail by posting 1 million baht in cash as a bond.

An inferno burned down the pub in Sattahip district in Chon Buri at 1am Friday, killing 15 people and injuring 38, some seriously. At least 100 bar patrons were crammed into Mountain B when the fire broke out, prompting them to flee for their lives.

The fire started in a roof over a stage before quickly spreading to other areas. Investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of the tragedy.

The lawyer said Mr Anucha promised to pay the families of the dead 50,000 baht each, with 10,000 baht for each person injured.

Many families have complained that the pub owner has not contacted them since the deadly fire.

The owner’s wife, Anongnart, 31, said she and her husband did not shirk their responsibilities and helped the revelers that night.

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