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Police do nothing as alleged gangster threatens Phuket family

Jack Burton



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A Phuket woman has posted a video on Facebook showing a local man harassing her family. The incident happened in the southern province’s Kathu District. The man, who she claims is a gangster named “Dam”, says the woman’s father owes him money. Thai Residents reports that police have been notified but have done nothing. The gangster, carrying a gun and threatening to use it, walked into the family-owned chicken grill stall and started destroying property inside before shoving the mother. The woman states the man visited the family 3 times in a day and will come again.

The video shows a shirtless man yelling in front of the chicken stall. An argument starts and the man walks towards the mother as if he’s going to attack her. He uses an object to smash goods in the stall and kicks the gate. Before leaving, the man threatens to shoot the family and the video is cut off.

The family say they’ve had issues with the man since the beginning of the month. On August 9 he went to the family’s home to harass them. The woman’s brother filed a police report but the man didn’t stop and continued to harass the family regularly, both at the home and at their business. They eventually decided to install a security camera system. After the latest attack, the family again called police, who told them to file a second report.

The brother went to the station to file another report when the man returned for the second time on the same day. The brother told the police and 4-5 officers came to the location but made no arrest. The Facebook user decided to file a lawsuit, but will have to wait about 2 weeks for the process to start.

Kathu police say they’re working on the case and searching for the man. A local villager in the area revealed that Dam is rich, drives fast, and is loud, often driving into other cars if he’s angry.

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SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Perceville Smithers

    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Not unusual from police in other places. If he’s connected, the officers know an arrest won’t do any good and their superiors will hand’em over to his crew.

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    Friday, August 28, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Somehow it seems familiar to me, the same thing with the loud and modified motorbikes in the street towards the waterfall in Kathu although it is forbidden to drive like this and the police do nothing

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    One more reason to shun Phuket, for them that do not know it, The police are corrupt.

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    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Not sure, but has Toby or Perceville ever left a positive comment?

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      Monday, August 31, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      I will only leave a positive comment when a corrupt copper is prosecuted

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      Perceville Smithers

      Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:56 am

      Yes, I have.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    When a corrupt copper is arrested I will leave one . . .

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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