Pattaya Daily News

11 May 2007 :: 14:05:43 pm 6361

Dear PDN, I am an Irish Journalist Investigating….

Hi,I am just wondering if you have covered either of them or have any updates from what was published below (found these on the net)
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On the first I seen differing spellings of guy’s name–some say Healy, others Mealy and some say he was released after paying compensation to victim? I am also wondering if you know whether Paul Bernnard McAteer has been apprehended.  Thanks
 



An Irishman who drunkenly fondled a university student was detained in custody when the 21-year-old girl said she intended pressing charges against him for assault.

Police take James Anthony Healy into custody after he mistook a university student to be a service girl.

Police were called out just after midnight on April 9 when it was reported that a foreign tourist had obscenely groped a Thai woman at Soi Pattayaland, on Second Road.

At the scene there were many Thai and foreign witnesses to the incident. The victim, given the alias Miss Nid, was a third year student at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. She was in tears, and identified the perpetrator as James Anthony Healy, a 30-year-old Irish national, who was standing nearby, shirtless and in a state of drunkenness.

Nid said that she had come to stay with her aunt in Pattaya during the school vacation, and had a holiday job selling leather at a shop near the scene. She was waiting for a baht bus with a friend to go back home. Healy and a friend were walking towards them with beer bottles in their hands, and appeared to be drunk.

As he was passing, Healy hugged her and fondled her genitals and buttocks. She screamed for help. Healy responded by shouting that she was no different from a bargirl and that he could get sexual favors at any time.

Healy admitted to the police that he had groped Nid, saying that he was drunk. He had been drinking, and when he saw Nid he thought she was a bargirl and that it would be normal to hug her and fondle her and ask her for sex.

Nid has insisted on taking legal action, and the police have detained Healy.


Police bust marijuana-by-mail operation
Boonlua Chatree

Banglamung police have arrested a Thai woman and are currently searching for a British man in connection with a drugs-by-mail operation.

The seriousness of the case was underlined by the ranking of the officials who gathered in the meeting room on the second floor of Banglamung Police Station for the April 2 briefing.

Amongst those present were Chonburi Governor Pracha Taerat, Pol Maj Gen Anan Jaroenchasri, superintendent of Chonburi police, Pol Col Noppadon Sornsumrarn, superintendent of Banglamung Police Station, Pol Lt Col Somchai Yossombat, deputy superintendent of investigation, and Pol Maj Nit Withinantakit, investigation inspector.

Miss Sanonoi Polcharoen, 22, of Buriram Province, has been charged with sending narcotics overseas from Thailand. She was arrested in possession of 425 white ecstasy pills, four packs of dried marijuana weighing 4 kilograms, seven cans of dried marijuana weighing 1,750 grams, 325 empty cans, and two sets of weighing scales.

The investigation team at Banglamung Police Station had been led to Sanonoi after the arrest of Miss Amornrat Sakaew, 31, who had been in possession of 30 ecstasy pills. Amornrat confessed she had bought them from Sanonoi.

Police sent in an undercover officer to buy 25 ecstasy pills from her, and set up an appointment in front of a house in the Chokchai Garden Home Village. At the appointed time Sanonoi arrived with the ecstasy, and the investigation team that had surrounded the area identified themselves.

More ecstasy, along with the marijuana and the cans were discovered when the police searched Sanonoi’s home.

Sanonoi said she was working with a man identified as Paul Bernard McAteer, a 43-year-old British national, who she said was her husband. The man fled when Sanonoi was arrested.

Police said the ecstasy and marijuana had been bought from a distributor at the Cambodian border. The ecstasy was sold to foreign tourists and local youngsters in Pattaya City, and the marijuana was allegedly sent by FedEx to customers in Europe and America. The couple bought the cans, put the marijuana in them, and then sealed them to send to customers. Each was for an order of 5 or 10 kilograms. The payments were transferred to a bank account.

McAteer allegedly would contact the foreign customers by himself, and the couple bought a house and land in Pattaya City as a way of laundering part of the proceeds.

Pol Col Noppadon said that the investigation team had monitored the behavior of the accused couple for a long time, but they lacked witnesses and evidence to arrest them. The breakthrough came with the arrest of Amornrat. The police are now working with the British Embassy to track down McAteer.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Editorial

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