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Tuesday, 19 February, 2002, 13:33 GMT
Thai prince poisoned by pauper's lover

A Thai woman who poisoned her royal husband to run away with her lover, a teenaged chestnut seller, has been jailed for six years by a court in Bangkok.

The court heard how the woman, Chalasai Yugala, put insecticide in her husband's coffee to make him unconscious while she fled the palace.

The husband, Prince Thitiphan Yugala, went into a coma and died eight days later.

Chalasai - better known by her nickname, Baby Fish - had been the prince's mistress from the age of 14.

She was 23 when she administered the poison, soon after her marriage to the 60-year-old prince.

She later married the chestnut seller, Uthet Choopwa, and they have a young son.

Chalasai was found guilty of manslaughter for the 1995 crime.

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