Pattaya Daily News

30 September 2012 :: 15:09:12 pm 67032

Cambodian Fisherman Sharply Object To Their Arrests

A Sattahip adminstrative assistant narrowly avoided being stabbed as police officers were arresting five Cambodian fishing crewmembers who were high on amphetamines and resisting arrest. Police were responding to complaints by local residents that the Cambodians were illegal immigrants.
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SATTAHIP – September 29, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 12:30 p.m., the arrests of five illegal Cambodian fishermen for drug use was announced by Mr. Pawat Lertmookda, Sattahip sheriff, Chonburi province; together with Mr. Chawat Theptap, the Administrative Assistant of Stability Division; and a team of special operations officers from the Center to Fight Against Drugs.

The suspects were crewmembers on the fishing boat, “S. Karnjanawaree,” and identified as: Mr. Beer, age 30, Mr. Vee, age 26, Mr. Sao, age 25, Mr. Ya, age 24 and Mr. Via, age 23.

They are accused of resisting arrest by fighting enforcement officers, consuming amphetamines, and entering into kingdom of Thailand illegally. Police seized the weapons they used, consisting of a Sparta knife and two sharp irons.

Sattahip Sheriff Pawat Lertmookda revealed that the arrests resulted after police received complaints from Samaesarn residents that illegal foreign workers were working as crewmembers on boat 9 S. Karnjanawaree. The boat was parked at the fishing bridge Phirom Moo 3 Tambon Samaesarn, Amphur Sattahip .

So the sheriff mobilized forces to inspect and arrest the suspects. But the Cambodians resisted their arrests, and violently fought against the officers. Some crewmembers took out the sharp irons and a Sparta knife to stab the officers. The enforcement officers then took out their guns to protect themselves. When the fighting Cambodians saw the guns, they consented to put down their weapons and surrender themselves calmly.

However, Mr. Beer, the head of the crew, took out a sharp iron to try to stab at the body of Mr. Chawat Theptap, the Administrative Assistant of the Stability Division. But Mr. Beer was subdued and disarmed without injuring the enforcement officer.

Later tests of their urine samples revealed that the Cambodians had all consumed amphetamines. So the police detained them with the evidence, and sent them to the investigation officer of Sattahip police station to prosecute according to the law.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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