Thai royalist receives suspended sentence in UK for ‘Rose’ threats
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Thai royalist receives suspended sentence in UK for ‘Rose’ threats

By Camille Gazeau

Thai royalist Thitipan Rungrawd (34) – also known as DJ Ken – was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Bromley Magistrate’s Court in the UK Tuesday for harassment and possession of a fake firearm. The charges stemmed from his threats against Chatwadee ‘Rose’ Amornpat with a fake gun on YouTube and for painting the Thai flag on the door of her ex-husband’s home. The sentence was suspended.

Thitipan pleaded guilty to the charges and expressed remorse.

In delivering the sentence, the judge said the “serious” offense would normally earn the defendant 10 weeks in custody, but stated that “he [Thitipan] is a man of of good character for he pleaded guilty immediately and expressed remorse”.

Thitipan was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay £200 for the damage to the door. He also got a restraining order: he cannot contact Rose directly or indirectly until further notice by the Court.

In June, Thitipan posted a YouTube video that showed him threatening ‘Rose’ with a fake gun. The threat followed YouTube videos by ‘Rose’ herself, in which she was deemed to insult Thailand’s monarchy, a serious offence in the Southeast Asian nation that can earn up to 15 years in prison.

Rose was born in Thailand but moved to England, where she started a family and now has British citizenship.

Earlier this year she was reported to authorities by her parents for insulting the Thai monarchy.