Theerarak Suthathiwong

A nine-year-old boy with Down Syndrome kept watch over the body of his dead British father for nearly a week until police discovered the body in East Pattaya.

Officers and Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan officers were called to the Soi Khao Talo home of Robert Sorenson, 36, April 26. Police broke through the locked door to find Sorenson’s decomposing body in a back room and a shocked Luke Attiroot Soronson nearby.

Officers are unsure whether the developmentally challenged boy was aware his father was dead. Sorenson had been dead five to seven days, officials estimated.

Neighbor Weawdao Stromberg, 27, called police after hearing the boy crying and detecting the foul odor. She said Sorenson had been raising the boy since his mother left several years ago.

Pol. Lt. Col. Vinai Horhin stated that from initial examination of the body, he believes that Robert must have died from an illness or due to suffocation because of the heat and there is no air conditioning within the house leading to shock and eventually death.

The body was sent to the Forensic Institute to determine the cause of death while the child was taken in by a foreign neighbor.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:30

Teen wounded in fireworks explosion

A teenage woman was severely injured after fireworks exploded in her hands.

Waraporn Gasan, 19, suffered burns to both hands and bruises to her stomach stemming from the April 21 explosion. She was transported to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.

Jaruwit Thipradab, the 45-year-old owner of the Nongprue home where the accident occurred, said he was unsure how the accident happened, as he was in the front of the house when he heard the explosion in the back. He entered the room to find the family friend crying amidst remnants of a large set of fireworks.

Police were skeptical of the story and planned to investigate further once the victim recovered.

Police and social workers rescued 23 children from the clutches of suspected human traffickers during a raid of four locations in Pattaya.

Minister of Social Development and Human Stability Paveena Hongsakula ordered the Department of Special Investigations, Chonburi human-trafficking police, and officers from Nongprue and Banglamung stations based on reports that Thai and Cambodian traffickers were forcing children to work as beggars in Pattaya’s entertainment districts.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:51

Oil slick blackens part of Jomtien Beach

An oil slick that washed up on Jomtien Beach had locals pointing fingers at a tanker that was thought to have capsized three days earlier.

Police say an Issan man impersonating as a booking agent is ripping off taxi drivers in Pattaya.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:20

Teen motorcyclist killed by garbage truck

A teenage motorcyclist was killed after he apparently cut off a garbage truck and was crushed by it.

Police and paramedics responded to Soi 4 April 12 to find the dead man, approximately 18 years old, lying in the middle of the road with a fractured skull. His pink-and-black Honda Scoopy-I laid damaged nearby.

An abandoned garbage truck was parked about 50 meters away. Its driver had fled the scene.

Investigators said the truck was driving from South Pattaya heading towards Sukhumvit Road when the victim exited Soi 4, cutting off the truck, which then hit him.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:23

Minivan driver wanted for attempted rape

A drunk minivan driver is wanted for the attempted rape of a female passenger.

The unidentified driver for The Transport Co. was visibly intoxicated while driving a van-full of people from the northern Bangkok bus station to Pattaya April 4. All but one passenger disembarked in Sriracha, leaving only an 18-year-old woman in the vehicle.

The victim told police the driver threatened her with physical harm if she didn’t sit in the front passenger’s seat. When she did, he molested her until stopping for gas on Sukhumvit Road. Afterward, he tried to drag her to the back of the van, but she talked him out of it, exchanging phone numbers and promising to meet up with him later that day once they arrived in Pattaya.

Police record details of the minivan before beginning their search for the attempted rapist.Police record details of the minivan before beginning their search for the attempted rapist.

When they arrived at the DK Bus Depot in central Pattaya, the woman called her boyfriend who beat up the driver once he arrived. Drunk and bloody, the minivan driver ran away, leaving the van behind.

Police said the 20s-age man is being sought by police and authorities seized the minivan.

Two sons of a government official working at the Sattahip Naval Base were arrested for allegedly dealing methamphetamines out of a publicly owned house.

District Chief Phawat Lertmukda and officers from the National Command Center for drugs captured Wassapol Saencharoen, 18, and Jirachot Romsukh, 21, during a sting operation in Moo 2 April 5. Investigators seized 154 ya ba tablets and 10,000 baht used in the transaction.

After learning of the alleged drug dealers, Sattahip and Royal Thai Navy officials set up a buy for 70 ya ba pills, exchanging the cash and drugs at a government-owned house. A further search uncovered the two men’s alleged drug stash.

NCCD Capt. Khomphan Uplanont said the homeowners are being questioned regarding their knowledge of the drug dealing going on there and paperwork has been filed to evict them from public housing.

Wassapol Saencharoen and Jirachot Romsukh have been arrested for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs.Wassapol Saencharoen and Jirachot Romsukh have been arrested for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:16

British expat dies of apparent fall at home

A British expat died after apparently falling and hitting his head on a glass table in his central Pattaya apartment.

The body of Brian Herbert, 72, was found April 9 at the Ruay Samer Apartments on Soi Chalermphrakiat 23. He’d been dead for about five hours after suffering a severe skull fracture. A smashed glass table was the only sign of disturbance in the room.

Apartment owner Samruay Thongnak, 67, said Herbert had been living there for six years and drank often.

Herbert’s friend, Phil Robinson, found the body after calling on the dead man, but getting no answer to the door.

Nongprue police have arrested a Phayao man for allegedly robbing a Russian woman in her Soi Wat Boonsamphan home.

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