Pattaya Daily News

15 July 2009 :: 21:07:43 pm 8913

French Man Beaten And Robbed By Gang On Pattaya Beach Road

Pattaya, 15 July [PDN] : In the early hours of 15th July 2009 a French tourist was badly beaten and robbed by a gang of Thai men on Pattaya Beach Road. It is believed the attack was planned, and involved a prostitute with whom the man had just had sex.
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Pattaya investigator Police Lieutenant Colonel Prajuab Sentha was notified at 02.30 am, and a police team was immediately dispatched to the scene of the attack at the southern end of Beach Road opposite Soi 13/3 Moo. 3. On arrival they found many onlookers standing around looking at French national Mr. Booge Preneppe, aged 53, who was lying on the ground in a pool of blood.

His nose was broken, and his mouth was split. He had also sustained a deep cut to his eyebrow and his face was covered with blood. He had clearly been beaten badly.

The police immediately contacted the rescue services and Mr. Preneppe was rushed to the Banglamung hospital, but not before he had managed to give a brief account of what had transpired. He told police that he had picked up a woman from the beach and taken her back to his hotel in the middle of town. After they had sex the couple went to sit on the beach.

Shortly afterwards, 5 young Thai men arrived at the scene. They were known as “Kah Joe” [Thai slang which means big local gangster], a gang who are known to be in control of the whole Pattaya beach area. They approached Mr. Preneppe and beat him up. They then took his personal effects to the value of 300,000 Baht including a bracelet, ring, personal documents, 5000 Euro in cash, and some Thai cash. Mr. Preneppe’s female companion disappeared with the gang.

Eyewitnesses told the police that the woman was a girlfriend of one of the gang. It is suspected the attack was planned by the woman and her boyfriend. The case has been filed and the police are now searching for the gang to bring them to justice.

 


PDN comments: Although all such incidents are regrettable we feel this is a particularly disturbing case. The violent and premeditated nature of this attack should be a wake-up call for the City authorities and we hope that the necessary resources will be used to bring this gang, and all other gangs that seem to operate with impunity in Pattaya, to the justice they deserve and, just as important, that this justice is seen to be done.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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