Pattaya Daily News

21 February 2010 :: 12:02:36 pm 13780

News Update: Pattaya’s Robert ‘Sifu’ McInnes Officially Arrested

Martial arts ‘grandmaster’ and New Zealand national Robert ‘Sifu’ McInnes, who was detained on Thursday by the Pattaya police whilst in possession of a small arsenal of weapons, has now been officially arrested after he allegedly turned himself into police. He has now been formally charged with a variety of firearms offences, but has been given and posted bail pending further judicial proceedings.
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Pattaya, the 20th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 4:00pm on Saturday, Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong (Pattaya Police Superintendent) officially revealed that Mr. Robert ‘Sifu’ McInnes was detained on Thursday by police Colonel Atisawit Kamonrat (Chon-Buri Immigration Superintendent) and his team, after a tip-off received explained that Mr. McInnes was in possession of a host of powerful weaponry and explosive devices which were contained within his bright yellow Hummer truck. The Hummer and 4 other vehicles owned by Mr. McInnes are all emblazoned with the Royal Thai Police insignia and various other police decals and were all examined as a result of the investigation.

After detaining Mr. McInnes for several hours on Thursday, whilst compiling a list of evidence and investigating claims that Mr. McInnes was working for the Pattaya Police, he was released with the condition that he return on Friday the 19th of February for further interrogation. Chon-Buri Immigration police contacted the Pattaya Police in order to ascertain whether Mr. McInnes was affiliated in anyway with their operations or training. It has now be categorically stated, by the Pattaya police Superintendent, that Mr. McInnes was not operating with the Pattaya Police in any official capacity, although he had been in the past under the previous administration (approximately 12-18 months ago).

Following the interaction between the two authorities, Police Captain Thanasilp Doung Keaw (Chon-Buri Immigration Police Deputy Investigator) filed a request with the Pattaya Police asking for an official arrest to be made on Mr. McInnes in relation to a host of weapons related charges. Pattaya police Investigator Lieutenant Colonel Poomipat Narmpoosta then applied formally to the Pattaya Court for an arrest warrant to be issued (warrant No. J- 173 / 2553, criminal case No. 498/2553 was granted).

  

Pattaya Superintendent Col. Suwanla-ong further revealed that Mr. McInnes had failed to report on the 19th as was requested by the police upon his initial arrest. However, he did willingly turn himself into police at approximately 00:20am on Saturday the 20th, after allegedly consulting with demoted former Pattaya Superintendent, Colonel Noppadol Wongnorm. Upon reporting to the station, Mr. McInnes was arrested under the terms of the warrant and remanded in police custody. Col. Suwanla-ong has stated that Mr. McInnes applied for bail which was granted and set at 100,000 baht. After paying the bail fee, Mr. McInnes was released pending further judicial proceedings, whilst the Pattaya police are believed to be continuing with their investigations into Mr. McInnes activities.

Note: Here is a dialogue of the brief interview given by the Pattaya Police Superintendant Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong to a small group of reporters:

Q: Do you feel the Mr. McInnes case will be treated openly and fairly? Is it being taken seriously?

A: I have been Pattaya’s Superintendent for less than a week, however; I can assure you that this case will be open, honest and thoroughly investigated as will all others that follow. I have been sent here to cleanup Pattaya following the previous administrations failures and that is what I will do.

Q: Mr. McInnes has reported publicly that the weapons and ammunition belong to the Pattaya Police; can you confirm or deny this?

A: A group of investigators have been appointed on this case and are at present trying to determine the source of the weapons, however; it must be stated that Mr. McInnes was not employed in any official capacity with the Pattaya Police force and as such should not have been in possession of the weapons.

Q: Can you tell us what the official charges Mr. McInnes is facing are?

A: Possession of various automatic firearms and ammunitions without a valid license.

Q: What about the S.W.A.T.? Is this department still in existence?

A: A SWAT team is a good idea to consider in Pattaya, it would be useful department, but it needs to be organized and run more efficiently and effectively than may have been done in the past. For a start the weapons and equipment, including vehicles, must be purchased by the government not a private individual or organization. Everything has to be open and legal

Q: Can you offer any incite into the Volunteer Police? Complaints regarding their actions and activities appear on a daily basis.  

A: We will be strictly informing and educating the volunteer and tourist police that they are strictly assistants to the Royal Thai Police officers and are as such, not allowed to carry any form of firearm or weaponry in public. This will be enforced on both the foreign and Thai volunteers immediately.

Q: Foreign Tourist Police and Volunteers are becoming notorious for their poor service, with illegal dealings being reported on numerous occasions with increasing regularity. Have you any plans to deal with this pressing issue?

A: I acknowledge the issues surrounding the Tourist and Volunteer Police forces and assure you that ever attempt will be made to clear-up the current situation. Records will be checked and maintained on all volunteers whilst the official police force will also be monitored more strictly than is currently being done. The traffic police will be examined to ensure that they are performing their jobs with a greater deal of honesty and integrity than is currently perceived by the general public.

Q: Mr. McInnes, aka ‘Sifu’, has always operated alone in his dealings with the police not as part of a team of volunteers, what are your thoughts on this?

A: Regardless of whether an officer, volunteer or otherwise is working as part of a team or individually, I am here to see to it that any work carried out in the name of the Pattaya police department will uphold the values and guidelines laid-out by the Royal Thai Police Force administrators.

Warina Punyawan (Editor-In-Chief) – editor@pattayadailynews.com

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

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