Pattaya Daily News

21 March 2009 :: 00:03:51 am 9432

International Investigation Leads To Paedophile Arrests In Pattaya And Australia

At 11.oo am, on 20th March 2009 Thai authorities announced the arrest of Australian national, Richard Jeremy Morrush (68), and two other men, charged with child sex offences, following an international investigation involving law enforcement agencies from three countries.
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The announcement was made during a press conference at the Children, Juvenile and Women Division of the Crime Suppression Division of the Central Investigation Bureau [CWD]. In attendance were Pol.Col. Suwiichpol Aunjairach, Pol.Col.Nopawat Arayangkul, Pol.lt.Col.Kanatatch Musikanon, Pol Ltl.Col. Punya Cha-Em Tech and Pol.Lt.Col. Santi Panawong.

Armed with an arrest warrant, no. J. 236/2552 from the Pattaya District Court, police arrested Morrush yesterday (19th March) on Jomtien Beach, charged with molesting a child under the age of 15. On his arrest he collapsed in shock, and was taken to hospital where he was treated for “mental sickness”.

A second man, an Italian national, David Costa Ruggero (60), was arrested based on warrant no. 3357/2551, issued on 10th December 2008. He was arrested in front of Pattaya District Court, where he was currently on trial following an arrest on similar charges in 2007. He committed his latest offence whilst on bail.

The third suspect, Australian national David Anthony Hudson (40), was arrested at his home in Sydney, Australia.

According to the AFP, as part of the same investigation, another 23-year-old Australian man had been arrested in Sydney. He was already on bail charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a family member. His bail has now been revoked.

The first two suspects have refused to give any information or answer questions. It is understood that all the arrests occurred simultaneously and were part of a joint investigation, codenamed “Action Hercules”, carried out by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Royal Thai police and the UK authorities.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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