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Relatives claim British pensioner was mistreated and starved by Thai family

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Thai Examiner

Relatives of an 86 year old British war veteran claim he endured starvation and mistreatment at the hands of his Thai family in Samut Sakhon, central Thailand. After receiving medical clearance, the man was flown home to the UK yesterday on an Eva Air flight.

A report in Thai Visa says the man, named only as “Ron”, was rescued after family members started crowdfunding to get him home. Relatives claim that despite money being taken from his pension fund, Ron only had a bed made from pallets to sleep on and was always starving due to a lack of adequate food and water.

Expat Declan James Theodore, responded to a plea for assistance posted by Ron’s family on an expat forum and went to pick Ron up at the property where he was living. It’s understood the family he shared the house with did not object to him being taken away. Ron was initially taken to a resort in Hua Hin while his family continued to fundraise and obtain the medical clearance needed to get him home. It’s understood he suffers with a serious spinal problem.

Ron’s daughter, Marion Phillips, spoke to Thai Visa about her father, who first moved to Thailand seven years ago following the death of his partner. He was initially living in Udon, northeast Thailand, but moved to Samut Sakhon at the request of a woman he had struck up a relationship with.

“He got friendly with another Thai lady and was happy living in Udon, but she wanted him to move about a year ago and that is when things went very wrong for my dad. He wasn’t cared for very well and was always starving. He would give her his bank card to get food, but he never had enough food or water. He was being very mistreated and lost so much weight. I don’t really know the Thai woman but he never married.”

Meanwhile, Ron says he still loves Thailand.

“I am very relieved and happy to be going home. I’m still crying. I still love Thailand and I want to come back – I have a dog here that I love very much. But I am not going to get involved with any Thai women again”.

SOURCE: ThaiVisa


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    ken jones

    Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Same ole same ole. Expats in upcountry and the thievery that transpires. Here is a funny one. Scotsman 10 years ago is coerced in buying land and build a home in Esan. His brother dies goes back home to settle that estate for 4 months. Comes back home to his home and uses his key to open the door in doesn’t work. He knocks on the door and a Thai policeman answers it. He says what is going on this is my home. The Thai policeman says no its not it’s mine. Hehe Scotsman says where is my wife. The Thai policeman say know you married my wife. The Thai policmeman says you have 24 hours t leve Thailand or else. And folks that’s the rest of the story.

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    Ian Stevenson

    Monday, May 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

    What about all the guy’s who either get drunk or get depressed and commit suicide, by jumping off of their high rise balconies,the wife always says oh money problems, haha 5million bt appartment, it is murder plain and simple

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      Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:17 pm

      Funny that… So many foreigners have balcony troubles. Either drunk, high, or murdered, they seem to take a lot of high dives.

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    Monday, May 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    A common enough story. No one should be surprised that a Thai female was interested only in money-grubbing and was prepared to mistreat an elderly person to to what she wanted.

    It’s a wonder people still travel to Thailand at all.

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