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In response to a disturbing surge in juvenile offences, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) is contemplating a radical proposal to decrease the age threshold for criminal punishment exemption from 15 to 14 years previous.

This unprecedented transfer follows a string of harrowing incidents which have rocked the nation and left authorities grappling for options.

RTP spokesman, Police Lieutenat Basic Achayon Kraithong, revealed on Thursday that Nationwide Police Chief Pol. Gen. Torsak Sukvimol, has mandated the RTP to collaborate with related businesses in a complete examine of the ages of younger perpetrators concerned in criminal actions lately.

The urgency of this improvement has been underscored by two significantly stunning occasions: one, a chilling ordeal involving a 14 12 months previous boy who indiscriminately opened hearth on a number of people in Siam Paragon shopping center, and the opposite, a horrifying case of a girl brutally murdered by a gaggle of youths in Sa Kaeo province.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Achayon disclosed a troubling uptick in criminal actions perpetrated by youths aged between 10 and 18 over the previous few years. Shockingly, statistics reveal a staggering 11,866 instances of juvenile crime logged between 2016 and 2023 alone. Amongst these, 1,645 have been categorised as severe offences, 4,318 as violent crimes, and 5,903 as property crimes, reported Bangkok Publish.

Disturbingly, the ages of those offenders are displaying a worrying pattern in direction of youthful demographics.

Consequently, the RTP and pertinent businesses have reached a consensus that the age vary for juveniles topic to authorized punishment warrants adjustment, the spokesperson asserted.

Proposing a major alteration to Part 74 of the Penal Code, Pol. Lt. Gen. Achayon advocates for a discount within the age vary from 10 to15 years previous to 10 to14 years previous, coupled with a name for stricter enforcement of Part 97 Paragraph 2 of the Juvenile and Household Court docket and Juvenile and Household Case Process Act 2010. Such amendments would empower the Central Juvenile and Household Court docket to switch instances involving younger offenders to common courts in the event that they exhibit comparable bodily and psychological maturity to these above 18 years of age.

The RTP is poised to formally current this contentious proposal to the Ministry of Justice and related organisations within the close to future, Pol. Lt. Gen. Achayon affirmed.

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