Pattaya Daily News

12 September 2010 :: 14:09:55 pm 38371

Violent Pattaya Stabbing Attack Fuelled by Illegal Thai Whiskey

A night on the town turned into a nightmare for several Thai youths on Sunday morning, when one man was stabbed after a drunken argument with his friend at a suspected, illegal, Thai whiskey bar in Central Pattaya.
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Pattaya, the 11th of September 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 1:30am on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Chatchai Srisuwan (Pattaya Police Investigator) was notified of a stabbing incident in Soi Pattaya Land 3/1, between Beach and 2nd Road. A team of officers and rescue personnel were immediately dispatched to the incident.

On arrival, officers observed a large crowd gathering around the victim, Mr. Jaded Laomi [25], who was lying on the ground outside a Thai whiskey bar, having been stabbed once in the abdomen. Mr. Laomi, with the weapon still lodged in his torso was transported to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital.

Investigations revealed that Mr. Laomi had been drinking at the illegal Thai whiskey bar with three other friends, Mr. Plernchokdee Monjum [27], Mr. Somphap Srimanta [25] and Mr. Weerayut Jomtharak [22], when an alcohol fuelled argument between the victim and Mr. Jomtharak erupted. After a brief physical confrontation, Mr. Jomtharak is said to have stabbed Mr. Laomi, who allegedly had the upper hand in the fight. Immediately following the stabbing and with a large gathering of Thai and foreign tourist descending on the incident, Mr. Jomtharak fled the scene.

Resultant searches, found Mr. Jomtharak in front of a Family Mart store in Soi Bongkot 3, where the offender was allegedly staying with another friend. Officers subsequently arrested Mr. Jomtharak, who reportedly was in a severely intoxicated state. Mr. Jomtharak has now been remanded in custody while police investigations continue.

Due to the presence of illegal whiskeys and a suspected illegally operated bar in the incident, police Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong (Pattaya Police Superintendent) was quick to announce that the local police will now commence an investigation into these illegal ‘whiskey shacks’, arresting and prosecuting all sellers and establishments found without the required licenses.

Editor’s note: The four young friends involved in this incident had been drinking a prevalent mix of Thai ‘home-distilled’ whiskeys made from various herds, animals and more recently, chemical additives. These illegal whiskeys, sold openly in Pattaya and throughout Thailand despite being illegal, often have alcohol concentrations of up to 80%.

Consumers of the home-brand alcohol often incur long-lasting and irreparable physical side effects including blindness, while deaths are constantly being attributed to the often-toxic beverage. Certain brands, made from poisonous snakes, scorpions, centipedes and frogs come with the creature preserved in the alcohol.

Innumerable cases of murder, assault, domestic abuse and suicide have been linked to the drinking of traditional Thai whiskey/rum, with the popularity of the beverage in rural regions, due to its meagre cost, meaning the amount of unreported incidents is immeasurably higher.

Despite also being sold as souvenirs to visiting foreigners, no warnings, either from the vendor or on the bottle, are ever given as to consequences of consuming the potentially fatal liquid contained within.

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

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