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07 July 2008 :: 15:07:06 pm 11036

The Dangers Of Being A Reporter In Pattaya

For Ms Awada(Pui) Teerapolkul(32), a reporter from Pattaya Sophon Cable TV, 5 July 08 was definitely a bad hair day. First, she had two tyres let down after leaving her car at North Pattaya Bus Station and then, after having her tyres pumped up, she was shot at by an unknown motorcyclist on her way home.
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Lieutenant Jirasak Apfang, Banglamung Police Investigator, was notified at 01.40 am, on 5 July, that a local reporter’s car had been shot at on Sukhumvit road, Naklua, and duly sent a team to investigate. Arriving at the crime scene, police found a distressed woman driver sitting, crying beside her Toyota Yaris, on the side of the road. The windscreen had a bullet hole right through the driver’s side, with the cartridge case alongside the nearby km. sign.

When police questioned the young lady, Ms Awada(Pui) Teerapolkul(32), a reporter from Pattaya’s Sophon Cable TV, living at Nongplalai, she told them that before the incident had occurred, she had parked her car at the parking lot of Nakornchai Bus Terminal, North Pattaya, while she caught a bus to Bangkok. When she came back at 00.10 am and went to the parking to pick up her car, she found it had been vandalised, with both front tyres flat and the logo of the car missing.

She realized that the damage was deliberate, so she called her reporter friends to help. After fixing the tyres, all her girl friends left and Ms Awada began to drive home along Sukhumvit Road, North Pattaya. When she got to Choonlee Battery Shop, she was irritated to have a young Thai man driving erratically in front of her and sounded her horn to get him out of the way. That passed without incident, but soon after, she noticed a male motorcyclist of around 30, following her, which then began to overtake her.

As he was passing, she heard a bang which she mistook for a stone that damaged her windscreen. Pulling up to examine the damage, she was shocked to see a bullet hole in the windscreen and only then realized she’d been shot at. She was understandably frightened and, at this point, turned around and saw the assailant had stopped his bike and was looking at her, some distance away. He then sped away in the direction of Banglamung Police Station.

Still frightened, she called her friends and reporters from the media to rescue her and afterwards they reported the incident to Banglamung Police.

Ms Awada told the investigative police team she had been working for Sophon as a reporter for quite a long time. She had never previously had any serious problem with anybody, as far as she knew. She said was lucky she had not been killed or badly injured, as the assailant was obviously brutal. Police then took her to the police station to calm her down.

Police presumed that the incident could have been a case of vendetta, with the mystery assailant first following her to the bus station, waiting and then releasing the air from her car tyres, after which he kept a watch to see when she returned and then followed her, waiting for a chance to harm her. Alternatively, it might have been the antagonised, erratic motorcyclist who resented her having honked her horn at him.

Police will search CCTV footage and also investigate if there is anyone with a grudge against Ms Awada. Police are hopeful of making an arrest in the near future.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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