Pattaya Daily News

19 June 2010 :: 09:06:51 am 25879

Distraught Thai-Cambodian Busted Destroying Light Posts

A distraught Thai-Cambodian national has been arrested on Friday morning after having destroyed 6 light posts positioned along Pattaya’s Beach Road.
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Pattaya, the 18th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 00:30am on Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Klitsakorn Thongin (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified about a man seen walking along the northern end of Pattaya’s Beach Road destroying public property. A team of officers was immediately despatched from the nearby police station to investigate the incident.

Arriving at the scene officers observed a Thai man aggressively kicking at a fallen light-post along the Pattaya Beach Road in front of the Dusit Thani Resort. Along with the light post he was presently kicking, officers observed a further 5 lights that had already been destroyed by the offender.

Proceeding to arrest the man, Mr. Toei Ongart [32] from Trat, explained to officers that he was depressed and saddened by the rapid emergence of Cambodian beggars on the streets of Pattaya, revealing that he was half Cambodian on his father’s side. He stated that he had demolished the lights in a fit or rage at not being able to assist his fellow countrymen in the financial hardships, kicking the light posts to relieve his anger. No mention of how he incurred the injuries to his face was made, however  speculation is that he fell to the ground in the process of breaking one of the light posts.

Police estimate the total cost of repair to be in the region of Bt50,000, whilst Mr. Ongart has admitted full responsibility for the crime of ‘destruction of public property’ and has subsequently been restrained awaiting further judicial proceedings to commence.

Reporter : Kong Siptis   Photo : Kong Siptis   Category : Crime News

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