Cocaine charge against Red Bull scion has lapsed

The charge of cocaine abuse brought against Red Bull heir Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya during a hit-and-run case in 2012 has now lapsed because the statute of limitations has expired.

Cocaine charge against Red Bull scion has lapsed
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Cocaine charge against Red Bull scion has lapsed

published : 3 Aug 2022 at 09:31

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Online Reporters

Vorayuth Yoovidhya arrives at Thong Lor police station for interrogation in early September 2012. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The charge of cocaine abuse brought against Red Bull heir Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya during a hit-and-run case in 2012 has now lapsed because the statute of limitations has expired.

In Mr Vorayuth's case, the statute of limitations on the cocaine charge was originally to expire on Sept 3, 2022.

But when new narcotics laws took effect from Dec 9, 2021, the Narcotics Act of 1979 was cancelled. Under new law, the statute of limitations is five years.

As a consequence, the charge of cocaine abuse against Mr Vorayuth has automatically lapsed.

The only remaining charge against Mr Vorayuth now is reckless driving causing death, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and the statute of limitations is 15 years.

The statute of limitations on the reckless driving charge is due to expire on Sept 3, 2027.

Mr Vorayuth, then 27, was driving a black Ferrari that hit a motorcycle driven by Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 47, and killed him in the early morning of Sept 3, 2012.

He crashed into the rear of the police motorcycle on Sukhumvit Road. He then fled the scene to his home nearby.

He, through his lawyers, put off hearing charges seven times. It was not until April 27, 2017, that prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and failing to stop and help a crash victim.

He fled on a private plane two days before he was due to face the charges.

A speeding charge was later dropped when the one-year statute of limitations expired. The charge of failing to stop and give assistance expired on Sept 3, 2017.

Mr Vorayuth has been seen many times overseas attending high profile sporting events. Thai authorities have been unable to find him.

Vocabulary

  • assistance: help; aid - ความช่วยเหลือ
  • consequence: result of effect of something - ผลที่ตามมา
  • expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ
  • flee (past form: fled) (verb): to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger or consequences - หนี
  • lapse: end; when some program comes to an end when there is no effort to keep it going or renew it -
  • narcotics: illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine - ยาเสพย์ติด
  • penalty: a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law - โทษ
  • prosecutors (noun): lawyers whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ - อัยการ
  • reckless (adj): doing something dangerous and not worrying about the risks and the possible results - ชะล่าใจ, เสี่ยง, ไม่ยั้งคิด
  • scion (noun): a young member of a family, especially a famous or important one - ทายาท
  • statute of limitations: the legal limit on the period of time within which action can be taken on a crime or other legal question  - อายุความ
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