Pattaya Daily News

11 August 2010 :: 16:08:55 pm 35008

Severe Intoxication a Prominent Factor in Chalathit Assault

In the ongoing investigation into the brutal assault and robbery of Thai pop-star Chalathit “Ben Chalathit” Tontiwut in Pattaya, police have revealed severe intoxication of the star as a key factor in the increasingly confusing circumstances surrounding the assault.
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Pattaya, the 11th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Thai pop-singer, Ben Chalathit was brutally assaulted and robbed along the Pattaya Beach Road in the early hours of Monday morning. The victim had allegedly been returning to his Phratamnak home having attended a friend’s birthday party at the nearby Central Festival Shopping Center.

Rendered unconscious in the attack, Mr. Chalathit was unable to provide police with a statement at the time, but did so later on Friday evening from his bed at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. Mr. Chalathit exclaimed that he was not a heavy drinker, but had been extremely intoxicated on Friday morning and remembers nothing other than being on the back of a local motorbike taxi prior to the incident.

Investigating officers have since been able to interview the motorbike taxi driver in question, Mr. Wichai Huaiyai [49], who immediately confessed to the assault of Mr. Chalathit who had provoked him into the attack due to his intoxicated yelling and abuse. He denied having any knowledge of the robbery and based on other witness testimonies has been released with a Bt500 fine.

A corroborating statement was attained from a local CD/DVD and ornaments vendor involved in the altercation, Mr. Sombat Srihathai [41]. Mr. Srihathai explained that Mr. Chalathit was in an extremely intoxicated state and had been shouting abuse at Mr. Huaiyai before the physical altercation occurred. The incident was reportedly broken up by a group of unknown men, who appeared to calm Mr. Chalathit down, at which point Mr. Huaiyai left the scene.

Mr. Chalathit however, proceeded to shout random abuse shortly after the initial attack, striking out at Mr. Srihathai himself before being once again calmed by the group of unknown men. All witnesses at the scene then explain that the group of men had appeared to be helping Mr. Chalathit, who was at that time semi-conscious and badly injured from the assault and his severe intoxication. It is at this time that the robbery is alleged to have occurred as the group of men proceeded to flee the scene leaving Mr. Chalathit bleeding and unconscious on the roadside.

At present, it is not known where this group of men came from (suspected to be 4-5 Thai’s), although investigations into their identities and whereabouts are ongoing. Local police are also interrogating further witnesses to the incident in order to gain more clarity over the respective confrontations leading up to the robbery.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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