Aussie shooter fronts Thai court


A 61-year-old Australian man has appeared in a preliminary hearing of the Chiang Mai Provincial Court over the shooting death in March of an Hawaiian tourist.

William Thomas Douglas, formerly of the Western Australian suburb of Willetton, is charged with the murder of 46-year-old Gary Bruce Poretsky at the Keari restaurant on March 23rd.

At the brief preliminary hearing Douglas pleaded guilty to the murder charge, as well as to a charge of carrying a weapon in public and a charge of possessing an unlicensed firearm.

William Douglas leaves Chiang Mai court over the murder of American tourist Gary Poretsky.
William Douglas leaves Chiang Mai court over the murder of American tourist Gary Poretsky. Photo John Le Fevre

The court agreed to a request by Provincial Public Prosecutor, Sonthaya Kruewate, for an expedited hearing date with the matter set for trial in August, and Douglas remanded in custody until then.


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See: Video footage of the crime scene and William Thomas Douglas’ on-camera confession

See: Video of William Thomas Douglas’ court attendance

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor/ managing editor at AEC News Today

John Le Fevre is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He is currently Thailand editor/ managing editor for AEC News Today

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