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09 February 2009 :: 13:02:03 pm 9528

Music Copyright Detective Victimised In Pattaya

Three vindictive men in a truck shot up and set ablaze a music copyright detective‘s car outside an apartment in North Pattaya on 8 February, 2009. Police believe the incident was related to the recent campaign to clamp down on music copyright offenders in Pattaya City.
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At 02.40 am on 8 February, Pol.Lt.Col. Wallop Kungtaratip, Pattaya Police Investigator, was notified of the arson attempt and shooting, apparently by a group of three men. The incident happened at the parking lot of KC. Apartment, Soi 5 (Jirapat), North Pattaya. Police immediately rushed to investigate.

At the parking lot, police found a green BMW 525 with Bangkok plates, which had sustained damage to the roof, windscreen and the boot. The left window had been shot at, the bullet having penetrated and was lodged in the driver’s seat. Police found three bullet cases on the ground, which they kept as evidence.

Questioning Mr. Jumpen Jumpanil [42], the night security guard, on duty that night, police learnt the assailants had arrived in an open-backed truck, with two men sitting in the rear. While the driver kept the engine running, the two men leapt out of the back armed with a small can of petrol, walked over to the BMW, poured the petrol on the car and set it ablaze, subsequently running back to the truck. Another man then pulled out a gun and fired three shots at the car before driving away. The whole incident occurred in little over 1 minute, Mr. Jumpen told to the police.

Police later questioned Mr. Pruk Pruksunun [47] from Makasan, Bangkok, the car’s owner, a supervisor of a music copyright detection company, to establish the reason for the attack. He said he had just finished a tour of bars and restaurants searching for copyright violators, 10 minutes previously. On hearing the gunshots, he rushed out to see his car on fire. Fortunately, the car had sustained minimal damage and he and the security guard had managed to put the fire out, virtually immediately.

Mr. Pruk admitted that his work had earned him many enemies and caused him a lot of problems. Last year, for instance, he was attacked by three men and spent some time in a hospital with a very serious injury. This time, however, he was unsure who the attackers were because he had received threats from many people.

Police are still looking for the arsonists and gunman and after further questioning of Mr. Pruk and witnesses are confident of discovering sufficient evidence to bring the assailants to justice.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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