UPON himself being jailed the former head of Mueang Nakhon Sawan police station was stressed out last night with prison officials having to arrange for a psychologist to talk to him but this morning (Aug. 28) is more relaxed and able to eat, Sanook.com said.
Pol. Col. Thitisan Uttanaphon, aka Superintendent Joe Ferrari, who is facing charges of killing a drug suspect with two plastic bags on Aug. 6, is being held at Phitsanulok Central Prison.
Mr. Ayut Sinthopphan, head of the Corrections Department, said Pol. Col. Thitisan had asked for a pen and paper to write a letter to his parents after psychologists, social workers and prison officials were able to calm him down.
As he is more relaxed this morning and was able to eat some food, he was later taken for a Covid test and will now be going through the 21-day quarantine.
Because Pol. Col. Thitisan was previously a narcotics suppression police officer and there are questions about how he treated suspects in the past, there could be prisoners serving time on drug charges who would retaliate against him.
This is why he is being held in an area where there are not such prisoners around.
There are a large number of surveillance cameras installed to ensure safety, Ayut said, adding Joe Ferrari is not being given any privileges and is being treated the same as other prisoners.
Nakhon Sawan police investigators yesterday afternoon asked the provincial court for permission to detain Joe Ferrari for 12 more days without bail, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, after the first 48 hours lapsed because investigation was not complete and this was granted.
He is facing charges of dereliction of duty, causing damage to another person and together with five or more people jointly torturing and cruelly killing another person, compelling others to do or not to do something or surrendering something through fear of endangering this person’s life, liberty, reputation or property or using violence to make him agree.
However the former police station chief has denied all the charges.
Pol. Col. Thitisan at the Nakhon Sawan police station which he previously headed yesterday. All photos: Sanook.com
Read earlier reports: Joe Ferrari takes sole blame, denies extortion