Police are speculating that gambling debts related to the FIFA World Cup prompted a well-known local boxer to hang himself in Pattaya.
The body of Tianchai Doungtanoo, 25, was found hanging from an electrical cord tied to a window sill June 28 at his Saengsupha 2 home. The room showed no signs of struggle and he’d been dead only about an hour.
Friend Mongkol Sa-adiem, 25, told police they’d been watching a World Cup football match and drinking. Mongkol left to take his girlfriend home and, when he returned, he found Thienchai dead. On a table next to him were two piggy banks, both broken open and coins left on the table.
Thienchai, who earned local fame in the Muay Thai ring as “Singsamut S. U-Tapao Gym” had left boxing and opened the Hae-Ha pub on Third Road.
The ex-boxer was said to be broke and couldn’t afford a birthday present for one of his three sons. Police speculate he’d bet and lost on the football, checked what he had in change and, dismayed with the bank balance, killed himself.
Police raided Walking Street’s Ginza go-go bars, arresting their managers on charges of employing underage girls.
Suicide is suspected in the case of an older Italian man whose body washed ashore in North Pattaya.
Fully clothed and wearing shoes, Antonio Lardo died of apparent drowning June 14, two days before his 62nd birthday. The body had suffered only a cut to the head, possibly from offshore rocks. He had been dead about three hours.
A Nong Plalai man has been arrested on drug and human-trafficking charges after Banglamung police raided his cafe in Rongpoh.
The body of an unidentified foreigner washed ashore in Jomtien Beach.
Police were called to the beach opposite the Grand Jomtien Palace Hotel June 17 where a dark-skinned man, approximately 180cm tall, was found. He’d been dead for several hours. There were no other apparent signs of injury.
Beach chair vendor Amnuai Lerttanya, 70, said he saw the man enter the water when he arrived at 4 a.m. The tide was very high and waves strong, he said.
It’s not known if the man drowned accidentally or his death was a suicide.
Police are waiting for relatives to contact them, but at press time, no one had come to see police to identify the body.
A Russian man under surveillance for three years for allegedly abusing underage teen boys finally was arrested in Pattaya.
Military and National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission officials raided three Pattaya community radio stations, shutting them down for disobeying orders from the junta-led government.
A bouncer at Pattaya’s Lucifer disco has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an Israeli customer who belligerently refused to buy a drink.
Wittaya Chairak, 25, was taken into custody June 8 by provincial police officers the morning after the altercation with Eli Aurheem, 31, and Dekel Aurheem, 27, at the Walking Street discotheque.
An American expat has been arrested for allegedly molesting two young Cambodian boys in Pattaya.
Christopher Lee Hoff, 56, was arrested by Region 2 Children and Women Protection officers at his home on Soi Chalermprakiet 20 June 8. Officials from the American embassy also participated in the arrest.