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29 July 2009 :: 12:07:40 pm 8834

Spurned Ladyboy Robs And Knifes Ozzie Tourist On Pattaya Beach Road

Pattaya, July 29,[PDN]: an Australian tourist, walking along Pattaya Beach Road, was solicited by a katoey (ladyboy) who, when rejected, picked the tourist’s pocket, stealing Bt2,200, which he passed to an accomplice. The tourist retaliated and, in the fight which ensued, was knifed by the katoey, but still managed to detain the robber till police arrived.
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At 6.00 am, on 29 July, Pol.Lt.Col. Prateep Tongdee, Pattaya Police Investigator, was notified that a male tourist had been attacked by a katoey on the Pattaya Beach Road, but had managed to detain the robber. A police team was duly dispatched to the scene.

At the incident location, across from the Royal Garden Plaza Shopping Arcade, Pattaya Beach Road entrance ( a favourite katoey mugging point), police found Mr. Peter Kim, [54] ,an Australian national, desperately holding on to the thief. Mr. Kim had scratches on his body and one stab wound from a cutter on his right leg.

Mr. Kim said he had been walking along the Beach Road and, passing by the Royal Garden Plaza , had been was approached and solicited by the katoey, Tipakorn Surintam, [25], originally from Chiang Rai, dressed as a woman. Mr. Kim refused Tipakorn’s offer of sex and continued walking along the road, persistently pursued by the katoey.

He then felt his wallet being ‘lifted’ from his back pocket, and noticed the contents, Bt2,200 being rapidly handed to another katoey, obviously an accomplice of Tipakorn’s. He then resisted, at which point, Tipakorn pulled out a weapon and cut his leg, also causing scratches elsewhere on his body. Mr. Kim shouted for help, while still trying to fight off his assailant. Finally, he managed to get a hold on the thief and some onlookers called the police.

Tipakorn initially refused to answer questions, but eyewitnesses and the victim identified him as being the thief. The police took Tipakorn to the police station for further processing.

EDITOR’S COMMENT

One would have thought it was high time the authorities put their promises to clean up the Beach Road into practice. The incident location, opposite and in the vicinity of Royal Garden Plaza, virtually opposite the police station, has traditionally been a favourite haunt of katoeys; a fact well known to police. Katoeys, in particular, have a bad reputation for mugging, either because they have had their soliciting rejected or purely because they are opportunistic thieves. The Beach Road leading up to Walking Street must be THE favourite walkabout spot for tourists and to be constantly harassed by hawkers, prostitutes of all three genders and thieves in general hardly enhances Pattaya’s reputation, which City Hall constantly declares it is trying to improve. LET’S HAVE SOME ACTION INSTEAD OF EMPTY PROMISES!

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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