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Swiss expat admits abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand

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THAILAND: Swiss authorities yesterday confirmed that a man suspected of sexually abusing more than 80 boys in Thailand will be going on trial to face numerous allegations including molestation.

It was reported that some of his victims were as young as nine years old.

“The unnamed man has admitted to taking thousands of pornographic pictures of the boys, but denied allegations that he molested any of them or pushed some into prostitution,” said prosecutors in a statement in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg. The abuse is alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2014.

The man had previously been convicted of sexually abusing children in Switzerland – in Fribourg in 1980, and in the southern canton of Valais in 1991. He had moved to Thailand in 1991, and only returned to Switzerland in 2014.

“The man will go before the Gruyere criminal court later this month on charges of human trafficking, encouraging prostitution, sexual acts with children and child pornography,” the statement read. “Most of the victims were young adolescents, and a number of the boys had been abused over the course of several years.”

The suspected abuse in Thailand took place in Pattaya, where the man ran a gogo bar frequented by European nationals, and in Nong Hoi in the north, where he lived, according to prosecutors.

The man was already under investigation in Thailand for paedophilia-linked charges, after which authorities in Fribourg opened their own probe early in 2015 and quickly detained the man, who had been planning to head back to Asia.

Detectives traveled to France and Thailand during the course of the investigation.

In February this year, a 70-year-old British paedophile named Mark Frost was jailed after admitting to 45 sex offences against children in the UK and Asia, including at least nine children in Thailand between 2008 and 2012.

Ecpat, an anti-child exploitation, pornography and trafficking organization, said in a 2015 report: “While Thailand’s laws are generally strong when it comes to protection of children against sexual exploitation, there are still gaps remaining with regard to legislation that affects the prosecution of traveling child sex offenders.”

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Another Thai man claims to have found a rare Melo pearl, shell was sold at a Pattaya market

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Another Thai man is claiming to have found a rare Melo pearl. The Pattaya chef says he bought a shell from a local market a decade ago and had no idea the object inside was a rare pearl. After hearing the news about the man in Nakhon Si Thammarat finding what he believes is a Melo pearl possibly worth millions of baht, 57 year old Patipat Hatthadon took the pearl off his shelf and brought it to the Gem and Jewelry Institution of Thailand where it was declared a real Melo pearl weighing 90.10 carats.

The chef bought the shell at the Larn Poe Market in Naklua 10 years ago. He found the pearl inside, but didn’t realise what it was. At first he thought the orange pearl was just a weight, like a lead ball some market vendor put inside to make the shells heavier and up the price.

“I tried to use a knife to pierce the pearl and determine what it was but it didn’t work and I had left it on a religious shelf for the past decade, unaware of what I potentially had.”

Patipat obtained a certificate from the institution. He’s keeping the pearl at a bank and he’s filed a report with Banglamung Police for legal protection due to the value of the pearl. It might be worth millions of baht. He says he’s already been contacted by numerous collectors from across the world. He’s currently considering the offers, he says.

Earlier this month, a Thai fisherman found what he believes to be a Melo pearl possibly worth 10 million baht. He found the pearl in a shell on a Nakhon Si Thammarat beach in Southern Thailand. The news coverage, both nationally and internationally, caught police attention who say the man is a suspect in a drug case. He was arrested 2 weeks ago at his home by the beach.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver is being accused of attacking a Chilean national, leaving his nose broken and face bloodied. 24 year old Salvatore Andres Castromedina, filed a report to the Pattaya City Police at around 2am this morning after saying he had left a nightclub on Pattaya’s Walking Street after it had closed.

“I wanted to go to Soi Buakhao but the taxi motorbike driver attacked me while we were discussing the price. I went to the Pattaya Police Station with another taxi motorbike to file a police report.”

According to Pattaya News, the man was seen on CCTV having what appeared to be a calm discussion with 2 taxi drivers on Walking Street when he was assaulted without provocation by 1 taxi driver.

Police came to the scene of the incident after the man filed a report, and found fresh bloodstains on the ground. Police then checked the CCTV video nearby which allegedly showed the suspect donning a taxi motorbike shirt. The suspect appeared to be sitting with the alleged victim before the taxi driver stood up and assaulted him by kicking him in the face multiple times, according to the CCTV footage that was viewed by The Pattaya News.

The Chilean man was sent to the hospital for medical assistance, while police located the alleged suspect and are investigating further.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya driver injured after falling asleep at the wheel, plunging into ditch

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A driver asleep at the wheel of his car has broken both legs after the vehicle ended up in a ditch in the Banglamung area of Pattaya. The Pattaya News reports that 33 year old Nattaphon Sukmanat had to be cut out of the vehicle before being rushed to hospital for surgery.

The local police force was notified of the accident at around 6.00am yesterday and arrived on the scene to find a heavily damaged car upside down in a drainage ditch. Nattaphon was trapped in the vehicle, but conscious. It took rescue workers around 30 minutes to free the driver, who told authorities that he’d fallen asleep at the wheel.

It’s understood the police will be questioning Nattaphon once he has recovered from surgery. There are no other witnesses to the accident.

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