Connect with us

Phuket

Disrobed Phuket monk busted for gathering alms

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: Police arrested a disrobed monk for donning sacred attire and collecting alms in Phuket yesterday morning.

Police were alerted to Somsak Donlakorn, 54, by local abbot Phra Kru Mettapirom.

“By the time we arrived, Mr Somsak had already collected 4,200 baht,” explained Lt Preechaphat Sangnoi of the Phuket City Police. “We asked to see his monkhood registration, but he was unable to provide it.”

Mr Somsak was taken to Wat Mongkhon Nimit to be questioned by the abbot.

“He confessed that he had been kicked out of the monkhood in December last year for inappropriate behavior. He apparently had been asked many times to improve the way he conducted himself, but failed to do so,” Lt Preechaphat said.

Mr Somsak left the island for his hometown, but returned to Phuket about three weeks ago to collect alms.

He taken to Phuket City Police Station and charged with impersonating a monk.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Phuket2 mins ago

Phuket mall sees Korean restaurant catch on fire

Best of25 mins ago

Top 10 Provinces to visit in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)29 mins ago

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for emergency use in Thailand

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
World35 mins ago

1 dead 99 unaccounted for in Florida building collapse

World50 mins ago

Airlines participate in trials of IATA Travel Pass app

Best of53 mins ago

Top 8 Street Foods in Thailand

World1 hour ago

A bed in the sky: Shanghai opens world’s highest luxury hotel

Thailand1 hour ago

GMT Live | Bangkok Covid situation, Klongtoey slums, Sandbox squabbles

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid-19 cluster found at children’s home outside Bangkok

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 Floating Markets in Bangkok

Phuket2 hours ago

Phuket officials in last-minute scramble to fix sandbox hiccups

Tourism11 hours ago

TAT claims 1,500 travellers arriving in Phuket July 1

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

5 million Moderna vaccines for Thailand, half of expectation

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 3: Are countries helping Thailand?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Covid-19 round-up for expats 2: Will your country give a vaccine?

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending