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18 January 2013 :: 15:01:43 pm 70513

Fugitive Frenchman Rapist Caught In Phuket

A 28-year-old Frenchman wanted by his home country on charges of raping a handicapped woman was arrested in Phuket. He was also found to have an expired visa, and will be deported back to France. He reportedly has a Thai wife.
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PHUKET – January 17, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; the arrest of a Frenchman wanted for rape in his home country was announced at the 3rd-floor meeting room of the Office of Immigration in Phuket. Making the announcement were Pol. Maj. Gen. Chitsanuphong Yooktathat, Deputy Commissioner, Immigration Office; Pol. Col. Chayavuth Jansomboon, Superintendent; and Pol. Col. Sanchai Chokkhayaikij, Superintendent.

The suspect was identified as Christopher Pierre Verdino, age 28, nationality French. The arrest warrant in France was issued in 2004, and accuses him of raping a handicapped female, legally described as a “vulnerable person.”

However, Mr. Christopher fled from France to avoid prosecution. He eventually came to Thailand in 2007. But according to the Thailand Immigration Act of 1979, any foreigner with an outstanding arrest warrant issued by their home country is prohibited from entering the Kingdom.

The suspect’s arrest was a cooperative effort between the detective police team of the Office of Immigration, and the detective police team of Phuket immigration. Mr. Christopher reportedly was trying to get a new passport at the French Embassy when the outstanding arrest warrant was discovered.

Prior to moving to Phuket in October of last year, Mr. Christopher lived in Bangkok. He worked as a cook of Italian food in a well-known restaurant on Soi Sukhumvit in the Phra Khanong district.

The suspect later relocated to Phuket, where he has a Thai wife who works in the restaurant in an international luxury ship. His wife has been sending money to her home town at Sakonnakorn province in order to build a luxury house with rental rooms so the family can get rich.

Mr. Christopher was arrested by Phuket police detectives on January 16 at a house on Phrabaramee road, Tambon Kathu, Amphur Kathu, Phuket. After his arrest, the suspect was also found to have overstayed his Thailand visa.

The police detained the Frenchman and sent him to initially prosecute in an accusation of being a foreigner who entered and stayed in the Kingdom beyond the permitted date.

Police will later coordinate with the international police and the French police to transport the fugitive suspect back to France to prosecute on the rape charges.

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