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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:45

Taxi driver attacks Norwegian tourist

Police are searching for a motorcycle-taxi driver who beat and robbed a Norwegian man after an all-night drinking session.

Tore Klungeruik, 50, lost about 12,000 baht and his smartphone in the attack near the intersection of Central and Third roads early Oct. 8.

Klungeruik told police through a translator that he was out drinking from early evening until dawn at bars around Pattaya and on Walking Street. When he finally decided he’d had enough around 5 a.m., he flagged down a man who may or may not have been a registered motorcycle-taxi driver.

Norwegian Tore Klungeruik reports to police how a motorcycle taxi allegedly beat and robbed him.Norwegian Tore Klungeruik reports to police how a motorcycle taxi allegedly beat and robbed him.

The Norwegian agreed to a fare of 200 baht to take him to his hotel, but the Thai man drove around Pattaya for nearly a half hour until he elbowed his passenger in the face, knocking him off the bike. Once on the ground, he was kicked repeatedly and robbed, Klungeruik said.

The victim was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment and police planned to review CCTV camera footage to try and identify his attacker.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:40

Russian arrested for July pitbull killing

A Russian man has been arrested for the July 9 killing of a Pattaya woman’s pitbull terrier.

Alexander Ponomarev, 30, was arrested Oct. 7 after Pac-Pattaya, an animal rights organization, filed a complaint with police about the slaughter of Rot Thang, a seven-month-old male pitbull owned by 58-year-old Duangporn Sabua.

Duangporn had been walking her dog near a restaurant by the Welcome Jomtien Hotel at Jomtien Beach July 9 when she saw Ponomarev walking with two knives in his hands. Seeing the Russian, the pitbull barked and the Russian allegedly then attack the dog, stabbing it until it died.

Alexander Ponomarev and charged with stabbing to death a Pattaya woman’s seven-month-old male pitbull terrier.Alexander Ponomarev and charged with stabbing to death a Pattaya woman’s seven-month-old male pitbull terrier.

The pup has been kept in cold storage since the crime as evidence for when police ever caught the attacker. Seeing the bloody corpse of her pooch, Duangporn broke down in tears again.

The Russian now faces charges under Thailand’s new animal-welfare law.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:33

German drinks self to death on Pattaya Beach

A German man who apparently succumbed to a night of drinking was found dead on Pattaya Beach with his last bottle of whisky.

The body, found near the entrance to Soi 6 around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10, was identified as Torsten Otto Rudolf Drews, 48, from Braunschweig, Germnay. An empty bottle of imported liquor was laying next to him.

There were no signs of external injury and it was estimated he had been dead for only an hour or two.

Garbage collector Sanob Kaewsathron, 48, told police he had seen the German drinking on the beach around 12:30 that morning and continuing for hours.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 13:42

3 ladyboys busted for pickpocketing

Three transvestites were arrested for allegedly pickpocketing foreign tourists in Pattaya.

Police announced the capture of Atorn Kitkla, 27, Patomporn Horadee, 22, and Sodpon Piempetch, 23, Oct. 1. They were apprehended with a wallet, coins, $1,900 in U.S. currency, an ID card that belonged to a Taiwanese tourist and four ATM cards.

Two men were arrested for allegedly bashing in the head of a drinking pal over his refusal to pay for his share of the liquor.

Sampao Hinart, 42, and Wittaya Saramul, 28, on Oct. 3 re-enacted their confessed murder of Pongsak Polsriratch, 46, of Kaeng Kroh District in Chaiyaphum province a day earlier. He was found dead in the bushes near Pattaya Third Road and Bali Hai Pier flyover.

Millions in baht in cash and jewelry were stolen from a Pattaya home burglarized three times previously without police catching any of the thieves, a caretaker claimed.

A Russian man left destitute by a free-spending Thai girlfriend was found dead behind a Jomtien Beach temple, a victim of an apparent suicide.

Authorities found the limp body of Sergey Bykov, 54, hanging about three meters above the ground in the woods behind Kratungthong Temple Oct. 4.

Monk Subin Suksawat said Bykov had approached the abbot of the temple three days before to ask for permission to stay. He arrived with just one set of clothes, a bank book and a bit of cash.

Subin said the Russian recounted a tale of how he had saved up to come to Pattaya for a holiday and, while here, had fallen in love with a woman from Buriram and they began a relationship.

However, things soured when she began spending all his money. A 600,000 baht bank account soon was left with only 400 baht in it.

The woman left him and Bykov said he was unable to go home or even afford a hotel. So he sought refuge in the temple.

Subin said the Russian was very helpful, assisting with cleaning and supporting the monks as they collected alms. Some younger monks felt sorry for him and gave him small amounts of money.

But early Oct. 4, Bykov was heard complaining of a store stomach and moaning he wanted to kill himself. No one took him seriously until the body was found hanging from a tree.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 13:24

Aussie critical after condo fall

An Australian man is in critical condition after falling on his balcony and lying there for more than a day before help arrived.

Sawang Boriboon Foundation rescuers broke into the seventh-floor Center Point Condominium room occupied by Brian Geoffrey Goodger, 63, on Sept. 30. They found him face down on his balcony with deep abrasions and broken bones. His body had been immobilized and developed bedsores.

The wounds had already started to become infected, giving off a foul smell.

He was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Condo manager Witsanu Budsaard, 30, said Goodger had been injured in a motorbike accident a week before and had arrived home from the hospital just four days ago.

A foreigner living next door told management he smelled something rotten coming from the room of the Aussie, who he had not seen for three days. So condo staff climbed onto the balcony to find Goodger lying injured.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:54

1 killed, 2 hurt in Nong Plalai wreck

One person was killed and two injured when two vehicles collided in an underpass in Nong Plalai.

Police and medics arrived at the railway road tunnel near Kratinglai Temple Sept. 22 to find a Toyota pickup and a Nissan compact wrecked.

Mate Chotepanang, 42, the driver of the Nissan, was killed. The driver of the Toyota, Kredkaew Sonachote, 43, who hit the Nissan, and an unidentified female passenger in the car were seriously injured and taken to Banglamung Hospital.

Witnesses told police that Mate was speeding from Sukhumvit and went through the underpass without slowing. He crashed when he could not stop in time to avoid the compact car.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:50

Korat man nabbed for convenience store robberies

Provincial police have arrested a man wanted for a half dozen convenience store robberies in Pattaya.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanet Pinmueng-ngam, commissioner of Region 2 Police, along with Chonburi and Nongprue officers announced the capture of Pai Absarum, 27, Sept. 25.

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