The Criminal Court Thursday sentenced three Bang Chan policemen to two years in jail - suspended for two years - and a fine of Bt10,000 each for manslaughter in a shooting that killed a nine-year-old boy in a sting operation to arrest drug suspects in 2003.
Pol Sr SgtMaj Pipat Saenin, 42, Pol SgtMaj Panumas Chanakham, 37, and Pol Sgt Anusorn Thaensuwan, 37, faced charges of murder and attempted murder.
The prosecution submitted that on February 23, 2003 the three policemen opened fire on a car driven by Pornwipa Kerdboonruang with intent to kill her.
The bullets went into the car and Chakraphan Srisaard, alias Nong Fluke, Ms Pornwipa's son, was hit twice in the back and the chest. Nong Fluke died later in hospital.
Ms Pornwipa was not hit and narrowly escaped death.
The court found the three policemen had been assigned to arrest drug suspects when they opened fire on the car. Three bullets hit its tyres and bumper and the defendants claimed they intended only to stop the vehicle.