Ex-police volunteer arrested on gun charge

Friday, 29 June 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 26 By  Boonlua Chatree

A former Pattaya police volunteer has been arrested, this time for allegedly owning an illegal gun he put to the head of a motorcycle taxi driver.

Sakda Kaewwiset, 25, was arrested June 21 following the complaint from 21-year-old Jinnawat Phonphot, who works from a taxi stand on Walking Street. Police said Sakda resisted arrest, screaming at officers about his volunteer status before being put down and cuffed.

Attempted murder charges were dropped, but ex-police volunteer Sakda Kaewwiset will still need to face charges of possessing an illegal weapon. Attempted murder charges were dropped, but ex-police volunteer Sakda Kaewwiset will still need to face charges of possessing an illegal weapon.

Jinnawat told police he was waiting for customers when Sakda, who he claimed to be a friend, drove up and slapped him and verbally abused him, showing off his police volunteer credentials. It wasn’t the first time his supposed buddy had done this and Jinnawat fought back, hitting him with a helmet.

A fellow driver broke up the fight and Sakda left, only to reappear later and pull a gun, pointing it in Jinnawat’s face, police alleged. The victim saw the gun was unloaded, however, and fought back before calling police.

Police said Sakda - who had been previously fired from his job as a police volunteer - confessed to the charges, claiming he was just drunk and joking around with an empty gun. He pleaded with his “buddy” to not press charges and Jinnawat eventually agreed. Police, therefore, could only charge him with illegal weapons possession.

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