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British children, abducted by Thai mother, reunited with father in Pattaya

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PHUKET: British school children Annie and Aleena Day, abducted by their Thai mother in June while on holiday in Thailand, have been reunited with their father in Pattaya.

“I’ve got them. They’re with me now,” a tearful Robert Day told Pattaya radio station Fabulous 103FM late Friday night (click here).

Onwarat Gamlem, the 36-year-old non-custodial mother of the children, was arrested at a Bangkok apartment on Friday morning, Mr Day told the radio station.

She was wanted on a nationwide warrant for charges of child abduction after she disappeared with the two girls on June 1, the agreed date she was to return the children to Mr Day (story here).

“They [police] said come to Chon Buri, we’ve got your children here and your wife has been arrested,” Mr Day said.

The exhausting ordeal of finding his missing children saw Mr Day conduct a neighborhood by neighborhood grid search of Sri Racha, near Pattaya, where a “ping” from Ms Onwarat’s mobile phone was discovered.

He also hired signboard trucks to roam the streets with photos of the two girls and offered a reward of 100,000 baht for information leading to their safe return.

Police in Phuket also took up the search following reports that Ms Onwarat, also known by her nicknames “Nok Lek” and “On”, might be heading to the island (story here).

Several weeks ago, Ms Onwarat’s family contacted police in an attempt to negotiate the children’s return, Fabulous 103FM reported.

Mr Day agreed not to press charges against Ms Onwarat in exchange for the safe return of his daughters, but the children were not returned.

Col Supatee Boonkrong, acting superintendent of the Pattaya Police, confirmed to the Phuket Gazette this morning that, following her arrest, Ms Onwarat was charged with child abduction.

“She was released on 200,000 baht bail,” he said.

Col Supatee welcomed the good news.

“Mr Day asked the police for help, and we were able to find his daughters and return them to him. It’s good news. We are very happy for them. The children will go back to school [in the UK] on September 10,” he said.

“We understand that the mother loves her daughters, but she must abide by the conditions set by the court. She cannot just take the girls away from their father.”

Mr Day’s family extended their heartfelt thanks for the support they received during the ordeal, including – but not exclusively to – the police in Pattaya, Jomtien and Chon Buri, the British embassy in Bangkok, the media and all Mr Day’s friends and family.

To hear the full report by Fabulous 103FM, which provided comprehensive coverage of the ordeal as it unfolded, click here.



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Sattahip drug addict arrested and jailed after threatening wife and children

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Sattahip police have arrested a person with drug problems who allegedly threatened to kill his wife and two children. 39 year old Jarat Injom was found hiding in the bedroom of his Moo 4 village house where he had barricaded himself after 34 year old wife Sangwein Prasannet called police.

The wife told authorities she’d been married to Jarat for eight years and they had two children, aged 5 and 8. But for the past two years he has been addicted to crystal methamphetamine (ice).

She told police that he often acted crazy and aggressive but she had never sought help in the past. But today he threatened both her and her children with a knife, so she called police.

The man has been arrested and is currently in detention pending further legal proceedings.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Indian and Pakistani rob foreigner on road trip to Pattaya

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The Immigration Police have arrested a pair of foreign criminals after robbing a fellow foreigner on a road trip to Pattaya from Bangkok. The two men made friendly contacts with their victims before arranging to meet and robbing them.

Mohammad, a man from Pakistan, and Kuldip, a man from India, have been charged with robbery. In this case the victim was another Indian who wanted to work in Thailand.

The traveller from India asked for help on a Facebook Page called Tesco Man Power PVT Ltd Thailand. This page aims to assist Indian citizens in Thailand and is a go-to blog for Indians working, retired or looking to work in Thailand.

The victim was contacted by the 2 suspects who made friendly overtures. After talking online for a while the man decided to travel to Thailand on June 25. The three met on Sukhumvit Road and agreed to travel together to Pattaya.

Things started turning sour during the road-trip. The suspects forced the victim to hand over his phone, and cash worth 100,000 baht. After they robbed him, they threw his luggage and passport out the car window before kicking him out of the car. The suspects then drove away leaving the man stranded in Nong Nan sub-district in Chachoengsao Province, basically the middle of nowhere.

Immigration Police contacted the Nong Nan Police to help investigate the case after the victim came in and reported what had happened to him. They eventually arrested Mohammad in a village in Samut Prakarn, south of Bangkok.

After arresting Mohammad, he told police more information that led to the arrest of Kuldip at a condo at Lad Krabang, Bangkok.

The pair will be prosecuted and deported back to their countries. Police suspect that the current victim wasn’t their first victim falling for the same plan and ending up stranded somewhere between Bangkok and Pattaya.

SOURCE: INN News

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Pattaya bar owner arrested on human trafficking and prostitution charges

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A bar owner in Pattaya has been arrested on Saturday whilst on the run from police trying to arrest her over a string of human-trafficking and prostitution charges.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Division eventually arrested the 31 year old Pattaya bar owner, also known as ‘Sudarat’, ‘Om Leelabut’, and ‘Nanthachai’.

Sudarat had an arrest warrant out in her name relating to human trafficking, seeking people persons to work as prostitutes, engaging underage persons between the ages of 15-18 to work work as prostitutes.

INN News reports that Sudarat also had charges waiting for her after owning a bar that “supports prostitution”, including the sale of sexual services by persons over 15 years old but not exceeding 18 years old. In 2013 Sudarat and her foreign husband invested in a bar named “Sad Bar” which was providing prostitution services.

Police set up a sting by offering the “sale” of a person under 18 years old. But Sudarat evaded capture and continued hiding in the region. Sudarat was eventually arrested in a Chonburi restaurant and delivered to the Pattaya Police Station for formal charging.

SOURCE: INN News

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