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Phuket Disco Blaze Victim's Parents Accept Cash Compensation

Phuket Disco Blaze Victim's Parents Accept Cash Compensation

Friday, August 24, 2012
PHUKET: The parents of a victim of Phuket's Tiger Disco inferno are to collect a compensation cheque for one million baht from the Patong disco owners this afternoon, one week after the tragedy.

The family of Dongporn Budkor, 32, is the first among the relatives of the four victims to take the money.

Later today, Boonchert Budkor and his wife are expected to fly all-expenses-paid from Phuket to Bangkok to claim the body of their dead daughter and to arrange her Buddhist cremation ceremony in their home province, Prachinburi.

All costs are being met by the Tiger Group, which has already paid compensation to many of the 11 people injured and others affected by last Friday morning's after-hours blaze.

It's not unusual for compensation to be offered and quickly accepted in this kind of tragedy in Thailand.

Boonchert Budkor said today that while he grieved for his daughter, he appreciated what the Tiger Group was doing and had no plans to pursue legal action.

''I think they have done the right thing,'' he said. ''They are taking responsibility for what happened.''

It's not known at this stage whether the family of a second Thai woman killed in the blaze, Nipawat Sutasorn, 36, is also going to accept the million baht in compensation.

The body of a third victim, British tourist Michael Pio Tzouvanni, 24, was the first to be identified this week from dental records.

The identity of the final victim, believed to be a Frenchman, has yet to be revealed. Forensic scientists are continuing their work in Bangkok.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be revealed. Experts have said the foam used in insulating parts of the venue was highly flammable and hastened the spread of flames and the asphyxiation of victims.

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"It's not unusual for compensation to be offered and quickly accepted in this kind of tragedy in Thailand."

I accept that this is the way things are done here, just a shame that a quick payout can absolve people of the error of their ways. Money buys people out of situations that those without cannot but I guess its the same elsewhere in the world.

The payout is not taking responsibility for the tragedy but preventing further claims. No amount of money will replace K Boonchert's daughter, though.

Posted by Mister Ree on August 24, 2012 11:32

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I'd take the money too. The Tiger group has way too much muscle and influence to ever be prosecuted or held to account legally. Nobody can even admit it was open after hours.

Posted by logbags on August 24, 2012 12:47

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"It's not unusual for compensation to be offered and quickly accepted in this kind of tragedy in Thailand."

Perfectly correct... money always comes first.

Posted by Graham on August 24, 2012 17:03

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Looking at the picture from the lady, I think, 1 Million is not enough! This lady could earn that in a year. And, in a year from now, it will be gone: New Pickup, motorcycles, TV,.....! Not the best way, to get compensated for (one of) the life of main earner in the family! Good luck with the Million!

Posted by ??? on August 24, 2012 19:37


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