Danish arson suspect walks free

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James Christensen, who was arrested in February 2005 for allegedly trying to kill a chickenfarmer by setting fire to his roof, was today Wednesday 18 December finally acquitted of the accusation.

The court in Langsuan read the verdict of the supreme appeals court to him while his old friend from Langsuan Khun Veerapong translated the verdict. The judges had noted the discrepancy between James Christensen’s regular sandals and the foot prints found at the crime scene. They also noted the inability of the police to find James fingerprints on the cart used to transport two gas tanks from James house to the crime scene.

During the first part of James eighteen months in prison, he spent five and a half month in a dark, solitary cell. Eventually he was released on bail collected from mostly Danes in Thailand and a few major contributors in Denmark while the first verdict of ten years imprisonment was appealed. The appeal document was written by lawfirm Kamthorn, Somsak, Surachet at no charge.

The first appeals court reached three years ago the same conclusion as the supreme court today.

James has remained in Thailand during the full almost eight years of the ordeal waiting for the outcome as he was denied permission to leave the kingdom.

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3 Comments on “Danish arson suspect walks free”

  1. I detta fall kommer han att få kompensation för alla dessa år och från vem ?
    James skönt att det är över. Första 18 månaderna måste ha känts som tortyr!
    Önskar Dig all lycka till framtiden ! God Jul och hoppas att 2014 blir det bästa för Dig någonsin!

  2. hej! James christensen. Jeg kender dig ikke ,kender ikke sagen,men kommer tit i thailand. Jeg kender den danske retsystem.Men kan det thailanske retsystem virkelig behandle dig sådan UDEN kosekvenser??

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