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Rockstar Sek Loso loses appeal starts jail

Rock musician Seksan “Sek Loso” Sookpimay has lost his Supreme Court appeal against a 42-month prison term for drug abuse and resisting arrest following an incident in on New Year’s Eve 2017.

The court’s decision was read out at the Min Buri Criminal Court on Thursday morning.

Prosecutors arraigned Seksan, 47,  on charges of resisting arrest, threatening police with a firearm and using drugs. The incident happened at his Bangkok home around 6pm on Dec 31, 2017.

The lower court sentenced him to one year and 18 months in jail on three counts  – unlicensed possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and threatening police with a gun,  and drug abuse. 

The court added the sentence to a jail term of one year and three months in another case, when Seksan physically assaulted a close aide of his then ex-wife, Wiphakorn “Karn” Sookpimay.  The couple later remarried.

The defendant initially had a combined jail sentence of 2 years and 21 months. A submission that he was bipolar was rejected by the court.

The Appeal Court upheld the lower court’s judgement, but reduced the sentence for Seksan’s illegal arms possession from five months to three months.

The other sentences stayed the same. His total jail term was then 42 months.

Seksan appealed the judgement to the Supreme Court, which on Thursday upheld the lower court’s decision.

Police visited Seksan’s home in Bangkok on Dec 31, 2017 after he was found guilty in absentia of discharging a firearm in public by the Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial court. 

He had fired into the air during a visit to a temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat after a performance, and live-streamed it on the internet. 

On the Sek Loso Facebook page, the rocker’s wife Wiphakorn on Thursday posted a photo of herself and her husband, and a message saying she would meet the press later, after all court procedures were completed. She was too busy now.

She thanked all fan club members for their concern.

According to media reports, Seksan and his wife were at the court, with their lawyer, for the reading of the judgement.

It was reported that prison officials took Seksan from the court to Min Buri prison.

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