Connect with us

Crime

Four arrested for shooting videos at Phuket Zoo and soliciting donations

Published

 on 

“Their lawyer claims the situation was ‘all a misunderstanding’.”

Following last week’s posting of a video taken at the Phuket Zoo ‘whilst on a walk’, 2 foreigners and 2 Thais have now been arrested after allegedly scaling a wall at the Phuket zoo. They shot videos of crocodiles and tigers then edited and posted them online with a narration asking for public donations to help the ‘abandoned’ animals. The police report says that zoo’s security guard reported four people climbing over the zoo’s perimeter wall around 6pm on April 14 and recording videos of some of the animals.

The three men and one woman have been charged with violation of the Computer Crimes Act and trespassing on private property. The suspects all denied the charges and engaged a lawyer. The zoo is closed, as are all animal entertainment venues, by order of the Phuket Governor.

The four were arrested people were Joy Marie Somers, a US citizen; Minh Nguyen, an Australian, and 2 Thai men, Hussen Armad and Hassen Coltcah. They are currently being held in custody at Chalong police station, according to media reports.

Police investigators found a Facebook page belonging to Joy Marie Somers where the video was posted and soliciting donations to ‘feed the animals’. Videos were also uploaded on Minh Nguyen’s Instagram page, again soliciting donations at a Go Fund Me page and directly to a Kasikornbank account in the name of Hussen Armad, another of the arrested group.

Minh Nguyen’s video is still up on YouTube as had been viewed over 72,000 times.

The four have been arrested on charges of colluding to create false information and trespassing on private property.

Their lawyer, Cherdchai Wongseree, claims the situation was “all a misunderstanding”. He told reporters that his clients had asked the zoo owner’s mother  to enter the zoo after being told the animals were not being fed. He said that the mother would be a witness for the defence.

The owner of the Phuket Zoo in Chalong, Suriya Tanthaweewong, filed a formal complaint with Chalong police. He maintained that the zoo was “not seeking public donations and the animals were not abandoned and not left to starve”.

Last Friday, representatives of the Phuket Provincial Office Livestock department, Phuket Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area Conservation Centre, Phuket wildlife officials and National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation visited the zoo following official complaints made in the wake of the posting of the video.

The Phuket Zoo has had bad press for the last 5 years and seems to survive poor Trip Advisor ratings and numerous controversies.

Four arrested for shooting videos at Phuket Zoo and soliciting donations | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: Achadtaya Chuenniran

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand News Today | FIFA threatens to pull plug on World Cup broadcast rights in Thailand

Press Room15 hours ago

Iconic chef “Alain DUCASSE” returns to Bangkok for 3rd anniversary celebrations of Blue by Alain Ducasse

Koh Samui15 hours ago

VIDEO: Naked Russian man walks around with erection in Koh Samui

Sponsored22 hours ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Thailand15 hours ago

Druggie arrested after inviting netizens to take crystal meth

Events15 hours ago

E-San Music Festival draws thousands to northeast Thailand this weekend

Travel15 hours ago

Where to go in Thailand in December

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Entertainment15 hours ago

Two lucky Thaiger readers get to spend An Evening with Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne

World Cup15 hours ago

Somewhere over the rainbow lie Qatar’s homosexuality laws

Thailand16 hours ago

Man savaged to death by his pet wild boar

Thailand16 hours ago

14 computer hackers arrested for spamming over 115 govt sites with gambling ads

Transport16 hours ago

F35 fighter jets head RTAF wish list

Bangkok16 hours ago

Murdered transwoman thrown into canal ‘still alive’ in central Thailand

Hua Hin17 hours ago

Hua Hin International Jazz Festival coming up

Tourism17 hours ago

Tour operators reluctant to fund staff training

Thailand17 hours ago

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2022 starts today

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending