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Thai man arrested in dodgy holiday scam

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The Nation is reporting that 38 year old Suthathep Rakchart has been arrested under two warrants issued by the Ayutthaya Court on June 26 and Sukhothai Court on June 27. He’s been arrested on charges of public defrauding.

Tourist police have arrested him for allegedly deceiving at least 135 Thai tourists to transfer him 1.5 million baht to pay for trips to China which were later cancelled.

Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau says Suthathep owns the Thank You Holiday Tour Company which is the subject of a complaint filed against it by the Office of the Consumer Protection Board for deceiving 135 Thai tourists.

Surachet said Suthathep allegedly advertised on the company’s Thank You Holiday Tour Facebook page that he could organise trips to China at “very special” prices. Victims who allegedly transferred him money later found the trips cancelled and were unable to get their money back.

One of the victims complained to the Wang Noi police station in Ayutthaya that she had paid 41,996 baht to Suthathep for four seats on a four-day-and-three-night tour to China from December 17 to 20. But when her family went to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Suthathep failed to show up to give them their plane tickets.

Surachet said an investigation found that 135 people were deceived into buying 23 group tours and had together paid about 1.58 million baht.

Another victim, 29 year old Mallika Utthathananon from Rayong said she bought 13 seats for a trip to China on February 2 and 4. She says she paid 129,987 baht to the company but was later informed that the trip was cancelled. The firm refused to refund her, claiming it had not yet received a refund from the airline, Mallika complained.

Police say Suthathep had claimed that he did not intend to cheat his clients. He told authorities that his company had financial troubles and he was trying to refund their money.

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Suspect arrested over 12 year old’s rape last Wednesday

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by Supachai Phetchthewee, Khanathit Srihirundaj

“Samruay initially confessed to police that he had raped the girl because he became sexually aroused after taking drugs.”

A 42 year old suspect, wanted for the alleged rape of a 12 year old girl in an abandoned building in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district last Wednesday, has been arrested and taken into custody. ‘Samruay Jitcheun’ was arrested last night while lying low at the Bung Samran community in Ramkhamhaeng area following a tip-off about his whereabouts, police told a press conference this afternoon.

Samruay initially confessed to police that he had raped the girl because he became sexually aroused after taking drugs.

A police probe also found that Samruay had two arrest warrants for two separate theft cases against him: one in Sai Mai precinct and the other in Min Buri precinct, while he had also been arrested twice on charge of taking narcotic substances in Bangkok in 2012 and 2018.

The crime was initially labelled a gang-rape case but a police probe later determined that Samruay was the rape suspect while his male friend, who had accompanied him and the girl into the building at the time, allegedly was there to take drugs – an offence for which he will face separate charges, Samran explained.

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Police said Samruay was known as a family friend of the girl and reportedly gave her a lift to and from school occasionally.

He has been charged with raping a minor under 15 and “taking away” a minor from parents for a lewd act. On Wednesday, the day of the alleged attack, Samruay – who was involved previously in a drug crime and has no permanent job – showed up at the girl’s house in the evening after having been out of contact with the family for a month.

Finding the girl alone at home, he allegedly lured her to go with him to buy snacks. The girl’s mother was unable to locate the teen for hours before she showed up in her neighborhood late at night and told her mum she had been raped.

The mother and daughter filed a complaint at the Hua Mark Police Station, after which investigators inspected the alleged crime scene in an abandoned building at the end of Ramkhamhaeng Soi 81/4 in Bang Kapi district, and found traces of semen on a mattress.

According to the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation, which provides aid and legal consultation to victims of sexual assault or harassment cases, half of all rapes in Thailand as reported in 158 national news stories in 2011 were committed by family members (father, step-father, grandfather or brothers) or acquaintances (neighbour, friend, teacher or monk).

Only 33 per cent of such cases were committed by strangers.

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Woman falls to her death from Bangkok hotel

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A Portuguese woman has died after an incident at a Bangkok hotel in the Maha Preuktharam sub-district this morning.

The 24 year old was found dead around at 8am Sunday morning after falling, or jumping, from a sixth floor open deck of a the hotel.

Bang Rak police deputy inspector Pol Captain Thanapat Suwannak says the body of the foreign tourist, later identified as Maceiras Rijo Vera, was found entangled in a barbed-wire fence at the base of the hotel.

The hotel is on Maha Nakhon Road in Maha Preuktharam sub-district.

Police determined that she was sharing a hotel room with her elder sister on the third floor. At this stage Police suspect she committed suicide but the investigation is continuing.

CCTV footage reportedly shows that she went to the open deck to perform her yoga at around 5am.

The woman’s body was sent to the Police General Hospital for an autopsy.

The Portuguese embassy was contacted and asked to co-ordinate the transport of her body back Portugal.

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Fake visa stamp gang arrested in Nonthaburi

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Two Thais have been arrested over fake visa stamps being used at a foreign employment agency in Nonthaburi, northern Bangkok, yesterday.

The Immigration Bureau reports that the Nonthaburi Immigration Office was notified of the allegedly fake visa stamps.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn led a team of officials to search CBS World Company, a foreign worker employment agency. Officers arrested two suspects, a Thai man 60 year old Surawut Sintawacheewa and a 42 year old Burmese woman name Namfon.

Police have also seized 489 passports and 29 fake visa stamps.

The pair confessed that they have been providing fake stamps for more than 10 years.

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