Drunk monk defrocked after gambling-related binge

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A drunk monk with a gambling problem was defrocked after drawing the attention of police in Pattaya.

Kan Somyos, who was ordained as Phra Tan Jaranatammo, was taken into custody while drinking whiskey inside the gate of Thamsamakkee Temple Nov. 13. Through slurred words, he told officers he had gotten drunk after losing 500,000 baht playing the lottery.

Kan Somyos was brought to Chaimongkol Temple where he was defrocked for drunkenness and gambling.Kan Somyos was brought to Chaimongkol Temple where he was defrocked for drunkenness and gambling.

Kan, 55, had been posted in Pattaya from his home temple in Phetchabun. Officers brought him to Chaimongkol Temple where he was defrocked by the abbot there.