Jomtien karaoke joint torched

Friday, 29 August 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By  Boonlua Chatree

Police are looking for a boastful crooner who burned down a Jomtien Beach karaoke joint after its owner spurned his romantic overtures.

Chim Watsati, 50, called police and fire fighters around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 18. Officers arrived at Thepprasit Soi 17 to find the no-name club fully engulfed. Constructed with a grass roof and with a petrol-filled motorbike aflame as well, firemen were unable to control the blaze until it burned the shack to the ground.

Sporting a black right eye, Chim told police that a man she knows only as Apichart came into the bar, boasting that he was under the protection of a senior police officers.

Firefighters arrive at Thepprasit Soi 17 to find the no-name club fully engulfed.Firefighters arrive at Thepprasit Soi 17 to find the no-name club fully engulfed.

He flirted with the owner, who turned away his advances. In retaliation, he smashed her in the face with a motorcycle helmet and hit her elsewhere several times.

Chim said she quickly shut the shop and ran off, but Apichart was angry and burned down her business, she claimed.

Fortunately, Chim was able to snap a photo of Apichart during one of his karaoke-bar boast sessions. Armed with it, police hope to find the arsonist.

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