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A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver is saying he was annoyed when he attacked a Chilean man out of nowhere early yesterday morning. Amorn “Jeab” Boonmee was arrested after confessing to allegedly slapping and kicking 24 year old Salvatore Andres Castromedina, breaking his nose. According Khaosod English, Amorn says he acted in a “blind moment of fury” because he was annoyed by the man.

“I apologize. I was annoyed at the tourist who came up to speak to me and I didn’t understand what he was saying. He wouldn’t go when I told him to. I’m someone who gets annoyed easily, especially at people who talk a lot.”

Amorn allegedly attacked the man on Pattaya’s famous Walking Street at about 2am on Thursday with CCTV capturing the alleged incident.

Police say the incident has damaged Pattaya and Thailand’s overall image as well as its tourism. Investigators say they are waiting for a full medical report of Castromedina’s injuries before deciding what charges to bring upon Amorn.

According to Khaosod English, Castromedina said via an interpreter that this was his first time in Thailand. He went on to explain that he was asking the taxi driver for a ride to Soi Buakhao before being attacked.

According to Khaosod English, another motorbike taxi driver was seen in the CCTV footage. 45 year old Rittisak Kulsumaso says he tried to stop Amorn from attacking Castromedina.

“I really didn’t want this to happen. It’s already hard to make money. [Castromedina] had also been drinking alcohol.”

Rittisak says he is the one who took Castromedina to the police station to file a report. He also says he turned himself in after the incident took place. Castromedina was sent to the hospital after the attack for medical treatment. According to Khaosod English, a picture shows police officers giving Castromedina a basket of chicken essence soup, wishing him a speedy recovery.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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    Yan

    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Take his taxi-drivers license…he is a danger to anyone…There is no excuse for what he did…

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    James Pate

    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    A lot of folks have frayed nerves these days, but that’s no excuse. Still, this is a good reminder that bad things happen when you’re drunk on the street at 2AM in Pattaya- just about anywhere, really. First time visitor with no friends to hang out with? That’s a bit odd. Oh well, that chicken soup essence should fix him right up.

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Something doesn’t seem right – none of the stories (the victim’s, and either of the two motor-bike taxi drivers’) match the events in the CCTV video.

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    Joe

    Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    This idiot shouldn’t be working with a public obviously way to go give Thailand another black eye

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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:51 am

    I’m someone who gets annoyed easily, especially at people who talk a lot………I think the perfect profession for me is a motorbike taxi driver…….halarious

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    John Henry O'Neill

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:44 am

    So Mr. Jeab does not like drunks. Or annoying Farangs. Seems that he should have considered another career than Taxi driver on walking street.
    Really he should try to follow the path of Buddah better and quit using ‘Ya Ba’

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Yes the taxi driver was totally innocent right John?
    Look hard and I am sure you will find the Chilean tourist to blame.
    I have seen the video. Suddenly the taxi driver hits the tourist.
    The tourist showed no sign of fighting back yet the taxi driver kicks him.
    No Thai is to blame for anything according to you.

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    John Henry O'Neill

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Hey Toby, which JOHN are you replying to?

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    Dave G

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Thailand is a fucked country where it gives itself 2 black eyes daily, judging from how they treat tourists and non-Thai immigrants.

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    Dr. Moreau

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Case closed the taxi driver has been promoted to Chief of Transportation planning at TAT.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve no idea what happened, Toby, I’m simply saying that what the two motor bike taxi drivers and the tourist say happened clearly isn’t what happened in the CCTV.

    The tourist didn’t “come up to speak to” the first m-b taxi driver (Amorn) then Amorn stood up and hit him. They were sitting together talking on a bench and both still seated when Amorn hit him.

    Although the second m-b taxi driver “tried to stop Amorn from attacking Castromedina” initially, at the 1:08 point just before Amorn kicks him again, he points at Castromedina and is clearly
    remonstrating with Castromedina while he’s on the ground being kicked.

    I’m not suggesting who’s “innocent” or who’s “to blame”, simply saying that what the CCTV shows isn’t what anyone says happened, which I find odd.

    Maybe there’s something lost in translation to whatever language they speak on your planet, Toby.

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    joe molinario

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    motortaxi drivers are notorios for aggrevation and assault, beside they are al RED SHIRTS, Taxins boys who buys hem frequently new bikes.
    Read: PRACHATAI.com/engish/NODE4201… motorcycletaxi driversin RED SHIRT MOVEMENT, Google it

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    joe molinario

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    motortaxi drivers are notorios for aggrevation and assault, beside they are al RED SHIRTS, Taxins boys who buys hem frequently new bikes.
    Read: PRACHATAI.com/engish/NODE4201… motorcycletaxi driversin RED SHIRT MOVEMENT, Google it

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Immigration police arrested a French man who was allegedly involved in a crime network who allegedly smuggled cannabis, and arrested 3 other foreigners on overstay charges. Police say the crime network sold cannabis to foreigners living in tourist cities in Thailand.

Officers say they suspect there are more people involved in the alleged smuggling operation on the Eastern seaboard, which includes Chon Buri and Rayong. Police are now launching an investigation.

Police were tipped off earlier this year about an alleged French gang selling cannabis to tourists. Apparently, the drug suspects would rent rooms to store the cannabis and frequently change locations. Foreigners had rented a room off a soi in Bangkok, but the manager noticed they were acting suspicious. No one appeared to actually be living in the room and people would stop by the room for less than an hour, the manager told police.

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Thailand is hoping its newest anti-human trafficking report will earn an upgrade from the US from Tier 2 to Tier 1. The report was submitted to the Washington’s Trafficking in Persons Report. Deputy government spokeswoman, Rachada Dhnadirek, said the government is ready to be upgraded after remaining on Tier 2 for 3 years in a row. Those nations who fall on the Tier 2, are deemed to not be fully complying with the minimum standards set out in the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Those on the Tier 2, however, are supposed to be making efforts to comply with the minimum standards.

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Rachada says now Thailand is processing human trafficking cases more quickly by shortening the investigation time to 70 days as of last year. In 2015, the investigation time was 118 days. She says the country has also set up centres to help LGBT human-trafficking victims as well as helping migrant workers with work-related issues.

Thailand has also introduced the PROTECT-U app for smartphones in which human-trafficking victims can access protection and launch complaints in 7 different languages. The app was developed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.

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A 25 year old Phuket man who was allegedly beaten and shot by an off-duty, drunken police officer, will never walk again as he remains paralysed in the hospital. The news, according to doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital, comes after Aroon Thongplab, was shot from a close range, with the bullet hitting his spine.

The man was a noodle vendor and was collecting a bowl from a customer on Bangla Road when he was allegedly shot by Pornthep Channarong of the Phuket Provincial Police at around 6am. Doctors told his wife about his prognosis after he woke up from a coma and underwent surgery to increase his prospects of being able to sit up. His wife, who is only known by her surname as Kulthida, told The Phuket News that she received news that he would never walk again.

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The Phuket Provincial Court is allowing Pornthep to go out on bail, despite the Royal Thai Police asking the court to keep in locked up.

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