Ernie Del Pinto seeks justice in son's 2008 murder in Thailand
Ernie Del Pinto, father of Leo Del Pinto, wants the Canadian government to apply pressure to the Thai justice system to reach a verdict in the trial of the police officer accused of murdering his son
The father of a Calgary man killed in Thailand says the Canadian government has let him down.
Leo Del Pinto was shot while vacationing near the Thai town of Pai in 2008. His alleged killer, Uthai Dechawiwat, an off-duty Thai police officer, was released on bail. During his release on bail, Dechawiwat murdered his pregnant wife and is now serving a life sentence.
Dechawiwat’s trial in the death of Leo Del Pinto is still ongoing.
On Thursday afternoon, Del Pinto's father, Ernie Del Pinto, met with Canada’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Calgary-Nose Hill MP Diane Ablonczy.
“As far as I am concerned this is not going to stop for me,” says Ernie Del Pinto. “This is going to continue on and somebody has got to be responsible, be it the Thai government or the Canadian government for not pushing the Thai government as hard as they should, and especially the person who was trigger happy.”
Ernie Del Pinto says the Canadian government should be pressing harder to ensure his son’s killer is brought to justice.