6 year old drowns at East Pattaya Sauna & Spa

A 6 year old child was later pronounced dead in Hospital after he was reportedly left unattended in a Children’s Swimming Pool at an East Pattaya Sauna & Spa on Monday Afternoon.

The tragic incident occurred at the Tara Sauna in Soi Nongyai where Khun Apichart aged 44 and his wife, Khun Sudjai aged 40 had gone with their 6 year old child.

The child was left in the children’s swimming pool, which is located next to the adult pool, which has a depth of 1.5 meters, compared to just 50 cms at the children’s pool. The parents went to use the Sauna and left their child with strict instructions to remain at the children’s pool.

Moments later the parents heard screams and the lifeless body of the child was pulled from the water and CPR was administered. The child was taken to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, but the child soon passed away.

We understand from witnesses that a Life Guard was on-duty at the time and Police are now investigating further to see if any charges should be brought against the Life Guard if he is found to be at-fault.

Pattaya Reporters meet with Pattaya Police and discuss “drug planting” case

On Monday afternoon, almost every reporter that works in Pattaya attended a meeting at Pattaya Police Station to discuss the case of a Traffic Police Volunteer who is suspected of planting drugs on a reporter, who was stopped at a checkpoint on Saturday Night.

Apart from the reporters, Police Lieutenant Colonel Tawatchai, the Deputy Pattaya Police Chief along with the volunteer, Khun Pongsawat aged 42, were present to discuss the case, which has angered reporters who fear this could happen again to an innocent member of the public if action is not taken now.

During the meeting it was revealed that a bag of drugs, which was initially reported as not being present, was given to a Police Officer by the volunteer, which he claims to have found discarded on the road. He believed the reporter threw the bag away as he approached the checkpoint.

The Reporter volunteered to take a drug test which came back negative and the so-called drugs in the bag are now being tested to see if they are real or not. Independent witnesses at the scene confirmed to Police Investigators that they saw the volunteer produce the bag of drugs and did not see him pick up the bag from the road.

At the meeting the Deputy Pattaya Police Chief stated that Khun Pongsawat was not a Traffic Police Volunteer and was only assigned to collecting seized vehicles on behalf of the Traffic Police. The Reporters responded by suggesting the Police improve their monitoring of Police Volunteers and other civilian workers with the Police to ensure this does not happen again.

Further investigations are taking place as Police consider taking legal action against the Traffic Police Assistant.

Initial Story: http://www.pattayaone.net/pattaya-news/173950/pattaya-reporter-in-drugs-incident-with-traffic-police-volunteer/

4-man gang accused of Sexual Assault in South Pattaya, caught by Police

The Region 2 Police Commissioner announced on Monday the arrest of 4 people wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a man and woman and the sexual assault of the female victim in South Pattaya on 22nd February.

Police Lieutenant General Tanaert announced the arrest of Khun Suchart and Khun Bunalat, both aged 20, and the arrest of two 17 year old boys who could not be named for legal reasons. The two older suspects were arrested in Nontaburi Province, close to Bangkok.

They are accused of the armed robbery of a 20 year old man and the sexual assault of his 18 year old girlfriend at the Helipad area on the Pratamnuk Mountain in the early hours of 22nd February.

Apart from the sexual assault on the female a total of 4,000 Baht was stolen from the pair as one of the men appeared to hold a gun, which the armed suspect later confessed was a plastic bottle, which in the remote and poorly lit area, had a shape similar to a gun.

All four suspects have been charged with serious offenses and await Trial.

Initial Story: http://www.pattayaone.net/pattaya-news/172612/18-year-old-girl-sexually-assaulted-by-3-men-in-south-pattaya/

1st Update: http://www.pattayaone.net/pattaya-news/172810/photo-fits-issued-for-2-suspects-wanted-in-south-pattaya-helipad-sexual-assault-case/

Pattaya Reporter in “drugs” incident with Traffic Police Volunteer

A Pattaya Reporter became embroiled in a “drugs” incident on Saturday Night after he was stopped at a Pattaya Police Checkpoint and a Traffic Police Volunteer informed officers that the reporter had dropped a consignment of illegal drugs, which was later found to be false.

Khun Tiwagon aged 25, works for an English Language Media Organization in Pattaya and was riding around Pattaya on Saturday Night on his motorbike, looking for news stories, when he encountered a Pattaya Traffic Police Checkpoint in South Pattaya.

The Reporter was stopped and questioned, and decided not to tell officers he was a reporter. Moments later a Traffic Police Volunteer arrived and claimed the reporter had dropped a consignment of illegal drugs further up the road, even though no drugs were presented to Police Officers who were in the process of questioning Khun Tiwagon.

At this point, the reporter called his colleagues who began to record the incident. At this point the Traffic Police Officers retreated, leaving the Volunteer to be questioned by reporters.

Later, the Reporter made an official complaint at Pattaya Police Station where officers promised to follow-up the allegations that the volunteer attempted to “plant” drugs on the reporter.

There is concern that this illegal practice may be taking place on a regular basis and it is hoped that by publishing this story in various media platforms and social media channels, it will stop with immediate effect.

18 year old injured in East Pattaya Shooting

An 18 year old passenger on a motorbike was shot in his left leg following an encounter with two other youths on a motorbike in East Pattaya early on Sunday Morning.

Police met the victim, Khun Wachira, at Banglamung Hospital where he received emergency treatment for the gunshot wound.

The victim explained that the shooting took place in Soi 25 off the Siam Country Club Road. He described how he and his friend, the driver of the motorbike, encountered two other men on a bike, travelling in the opposite direction.

The passenger on that bike produced a gun and shot at the victim and his friend. It appears, from the accounts of the victim and his friend, that neither was specifically targeted by the shooter whose single shot penetrated the left leg of the victim.

Police are sure that the victim and his friend are withholding information on the incident and are sure that they had encountered the shooter on at least one other occasion. The investigation continues as Police hunt for the shooter, who remains at-large for now.

Student’s car involved in crash at Central Pattaya Underpass Construction Site

A 20 year old Student from Sriracha crashed his car into cement barriers at the Sukhumvit Road Central Pattaya Underpass Construction Site in the early hours of Saturday.

Police and medics rushed to the scene and attended to the driver of a Black Honda Civic, Khun Tannawit. 4 Passengers inside his car sustained minor injuries and were taken to Hospital as a precaution.

The driver told Police that he was on his way home and was unaware of the recent changes to the Sukhumvit Road in Central Pattaya, where the underpass is currently being constructed.

As he approached the area, the driver reported seeing a motorbike and its driver, cut across his path. He took evasive maneuvers to avoid the motorbike and smashed into cement barriers designed to protect motorists from the construction site.

Khun Tannawit was angry at the poor lighting in the area and decided to take pictures of the site with the view of claiming damages from Pattaya City Hall in the future.

Russian assaulted by Marijuana Seller in South Pattaya

In the early hours of Friday a 36 year old Russian was assaulted by a Thai man who was reportedly angry that the Russian had refused to purchase Marijuana from him several times.

The incident occurred in front of the Siam Bayshore Hotel at the Southern end of Walking Street, just before 4am on Friday. Mr. Maksim Fedim was walking back to his Hotel when he was approached by the Thai man who attempted to sell him Marijuana. Mr. Fedim refused to purchase the drugs but was then approached for a second time which led to a second refusal.

At this point, Mr. Fedim claimed the seller became extremely angry and punched Mr. Fedim in the face. It is thought that the seller was wearing Knuckle Dusters which caused a severe injury to Mr. Fedim’s upper lip which was split into two.

Police are now searching for the attacker and are examining Security Cameras in the area as Mr. Fedim receives treatment for his facial injuries in Hospital.

Elderly German Woman “jumps” off Jomtien Condominium

On Friday Morning Police and rescue workers were called to a 5-storey Condominium in Jomtien where a 75 year old German woman was reported to have jumped to her death.

The incident occurred at the Majestic Jomtien Condominium just before 9am. Officers arrived and inspected the body of Mrs. Frieder Hornsteiner aged 75. Close-by was her Husband Mr. Dulof Hornsteiner who is now living with his Thai Wife, Khun Yupa. Despite this the three live together and Khun Yupa told Police that she cared for the victim who had severe mobility issues and other medical problems.

Earlier on Friday Morning, she told Police that she took food into the victim’s room and all appeared normal. Khun Yupa left for work at 8.30am and then received a call that the elderly woman had committed suicide.

On the top floor of the Condominium Police found the victim’s eye glasses and her walking stick.

At this point in the investigation Police are confident this was a non-assisted suicide but they continue to investigate the case further in conjunction with the German Embassy in Bangkok.

Fire at 8-storey Condominium under-construction in South Pattaya

A fire took hold of an 8-storey condominium which is currently under construction in the South Pattaya area, on Friday afternoon.

10 fire engines were called to the fire in the Pratamnuk Hill area. Medics were also sent to the incident and discovered that a painter, Khun Gorn aged 21, was the only person injured and he was able to be treated at the scene and required no further medical attention.

It is thought the fire started on the 3rd floor where a number of welders were working. Materials such as foam and air ducts were being stored there and it is thought that an accident occurred involving one of the welders, although no one is willing to own-up to causing the fire.

Smoke damage was extensive throughout the building but no structural damage was reported and it is expected the construction will continue without any delays.

Protest planned over recent Central Pattaya Road closures and changes

Many business operators are facing financial ruin and motorists, especially those who use roads in the East side of Pattaya, are angry at the road closures and changes made which are designed to move traffic away from the Central Pattaya Underpass Construction site.

The reality of the changes, which are expected to last at least 800 days during the period of construction, have led to some business owners deciding to shut their businesses, only 24 hours after the changes have come into force.

One of the worst affected areas is Soi Siam Country Club from the train track down to the Sukhumvit Road which is now almost traffic-free due to the closure of the intersection on the Sukhumvit Road and now only allows traffic to flow one-way from the Sukhumvit Road.

The business owners along this stretch of the Siam Country Club Road have been posting their feelings on Facebook as have other motorists who are angry at the increased levels of traffic at the railroad junctions along the East side of Pattaya at peak times.

For this reason a protest has been arranged at Pattaya City Hall on Friday afternoon at 1pm where the Pattaya Mayor will be asked to re-think the traffic plans which protesters claim are causing some to suffer financial ruin.

Ironically the Sukhumvit Road, which has now been reduced to two lanes either side of the construction site in Central Pattaya has seen low amounts of traffic at peak times.

Protesters hope that modifications are made to send more traffic to the Sukhumvit Road and to change road closures and traffic flow patterns along the East side of Pattaya before it is too late for some business operators.

Fake Police “arrest” Go-Go Bar worker in South Pattaya

A 21 year old Go-Go Bar worker complained to officers at Pattaya Police Station on Thursday Night after he was detained and accused of possessing drugs by 6 men who claimed to be Police Officers and who later stole 40,000 Baht’s worth of cash and valuables from his apartment.

Khun Wirapon told Police Investigators that he works for a Bar in Soi Sunee Plaza in South Pattaya and as he waited for his sister in the street, he claimed to have been approached by three men who claimed to be Police and stated they were told by an informant that he was in possession of illegal drugs, a claim that Khun Wirapon denied.

The three men, thought to be aged in their thirties, were soon joined by three more men, who escorted Khun Wirapon to his room where they insisted on conducting a search. They forced the bar worker to open a room safe where they claimed to have found drugs, which the victim believes were planted there by the men.

At this point the men demanded 5,000 Baht to clear the case and at the same time they stole mobile phones and other items worth an estimated 40,000 Baht from the apartment.
Eventually the victim’s sister arrived with the money and the so-called Police Officers disappeared.

The real Police are now investigating and hope to catch the 6 men soon before they strike again.

Dangerous Lights installed along Pattaya Third Road cement barriers

Newly installed lights along road barriers situated along a 500 meter stretch of road close to the Central Pattaya Road junction with Pattaya Third Road are causing concern among pedestrians and local business operators due to dangerous power cables which appear to have been installed without the care and attention required to ensure public safety is maintained.

Tube lighting and flashing orange lights have been installed along the top of the cement barriers which were installed last year to prevent motorists from turning off the main road to the right, which was causing traffic jams along this stretch of Third Road.

As an extra precaution the tube lights have now been installed but it appears they were either installed in a hurry or without any consideration towards pedestrians who wish to cross the main road.

Live power cables, which have been protected with black tape only, line the entire stretch of the barriers and pedestrians who attempt to cross the road have to squeeze through barriers and come dangerously close to the cables and transformers which connect the lights together.

We are sending pictures which accompany this report to Pattaya City Hall so urgent action can be taken to prevent an accident occurring in the future.

Special Needs Child injured in Fight at Pattaya Rehabilitation Center

An investigation is currently underway into a Rehabilitation Center for children with special needs and behavioral problems in North Pattaya where a 10 year old child sustained facial cuts and bruises during a fight with a 15 year old boy.

The injured boy was taken to Banglamung Hospital by Khun Wootishart, who works at the center which houses 34 children between the ages of 7 and 18 who require special help.

Allegations of poor supervision and discipline at the center have been raised in the past and now an investigation is underway after this latest episode.

The boy told us he was with a group of older children aged in their mid-teens and they are alleged to have assaulted the younger boy for no apparent reason.

The boy was checked by Doctors and treated for the minor injuries. He will be sent to another Center in Chonburi while the investigation takes place.

Two Brothers arrested in recent North Pattaya Drive-by shooting case

Banglamung Police have arrested two men, in connection with the recent drive-by fatal shooting of a man, outside of a Store owned by a former Mayor of Pattaya.

The incident occurred in the early hours of 19th February outside of a shop owned by Khun Niran, a former Mayor of Pattaya, who had just left when the shooting took place.
A white Toyota Yaris containing the shooter and at-least 2 other men, was driven past the shop and a rear passenger shot the victim, Khun Wachara aged 34, a total of 10 times. He was later declared dead in Hospital, soon after he arrived.

Police identified two brothers who may have been involved in the shooting. One of them, Khun Chayut, was arrested in Pattaya after Police obtained an arrest warrant. When he was located and detained, he vehemently denied being involved in the incident.

His younger brother, Khun Pawat aged 37 was arrested in Chiang Mai Province in the North of Thailand and was caught with a White Toyota Yaris and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

During questioning Khun Prawat claimed the shooting took place because the victim was involved in an altercation over an illegal gambling den with an employee of Khun Prawat, and it was decided to conduct the shooting in revenge for the earlier problem which is thought to have led to a physical encounter between the employee and the victim.

Police have charged both brothers over the incident and will allow the Courts to decide their fate. Both Brothers have been denied bail and will be held on-remand pending their time in Court.

Initial Story: http://www.pattayaone.net/pattaya-news/172173/man-shot-dead-in-front-of-former-pattaya-mayors-shop-in-north-pattaya/

Suspected Child Abusing Step-Father arrested for Murder in Pattaya

On Wednesday Morning the Chonburi Provincial Police Commander announced the arrest of a 19 year old man who is suspected of causing the death of his 2 year old Step-Son.

Khun Kajonsuk was arrested at an apartment in Sriracha District and is accused of causing the death of the 2 year old boy after he was earlier struck multiple times in his chest and back as he would not stop crying, as stated by the suspect.

He is in a relationship with the 16 year old Mother of the child and Hospital records indicated the child had been taken for treatment on many occasions, suffering from cuts and bruises. There was never any follow-up by Welfare Officers despite reports indicating the injuries were caused by a third-party.

On 19th February, Khun Kajonsuk confessed to striking the child many times as he would not stop crying. The child stopped and the suspect and the young mother decided to leave their home for a period of 3 hours and left their child unattended.

When the pair returned home the child had died and initially the suspect claimed he had fallen down stairs which caused his death but a post-mortem indicated the earlier strikes to the body of the child had caused a ruptured spleen which led to his death.

Police have charged the suspect over the incident and he awaits Trial.

Results of Provincial Crime Clean-up announced in Pattaya

The Provincial Police Commander announced the results of a Province-wide crime clean-up operation which took place recently and chose Pattaya to present a selection of the higher-profile cases to the media.

The first case came from Pan Thong District and featured a 26 year old man, Khun Dilaerk who is believed to be a serial motorbike thief who has cases from Police Stations around the Province including Pattaya. On this occasion he is accused of stealing 2 motorbikes.

The vehicles and the suspect were present and the Commander claimed that his current offences could see him incarcerated for a substantial period of time due to his previous convictions, assuming he is found guilty in Court.

The second case originates from Pattaya. Khun Prasit aged 50, who was recently released from Prison, is accused of motorbike theft and possession of unlicensed firearms. He is believed to have committed the alleged offences in the Pattaya and Sattahip areas and was arrested at a rented apartment in Sattahip on Tuesday.

The final case comes from Pattaya and resulted in a number of arrests of individuals caught with firearms. Gun Crime in Pattaya is on the increase and the Regional Police Commissioner has ordered Pattaya Police to take part in an ongoing operation to target those involved in gun-related crimes. A number of the seized weapons were on-show and the suspects who were arrested with them are already at the Remand Prison awaiting Trial.

Japanese Man attempts suicide at East Pattaya home

Medics rushed to a house in East Pattaya on Tuesday Morning to assist a 40 year old Japanese Man who had attempted to hang himself using computer cables.

Medics arrived at the house inside the Raviporn Village off Soi Kao Noi just before 7am and began administering CPR to Mr. Shuichiro Hirata, who is believed to work as a firefighter in Japan.

He lives with Khun Thanacha aged 39, the house owner, and comes to Thailand on a regular basis and always stays with her. Last week she was aware of problems he was encountering in Japan which required him to make regular telephone calls to his Mother.

Although she is unsure of the details of the conversations as they were conducted in Japanese, she assumes the apparent suicide attempt was made as a result of these calls.

She discovered Mr. Hirata hanging from a wooden partition at the rear of the house in the kitchen area and was able to remove the cable from around his neck. She shouted to neighbors for assistance who in-turn contacted rescue services.

Although Mr. Hirata was brought back to life by medics, he is currently in ICU in a critical condition. The Japanese Embassy in Bangkok has been informed.

Italian found dead in Central Pattaya apartment

The body of a 73 year old Italian was found in his rented apartment in Central Pattaya on Tuesday afternoon.

Police and medics were called to the Nine Carat Condominium in Soi Arunothai by staff who initially became concerned due to a foul odor emanating from a 3rd floor apartment.

It was decided to gain entry to the apartment via a neighboring balcony and the body of Mr. Antonio Cavaliere was found lying fully-clothed on the bed.

It was estimated he had been dead for between 4 and 5 days and evidence in the bathroom suggested he suffered an acute medical problem prior to his death.

A container full of medicinal creams and tablets were found which indicated to Police that Mr. Cavaliere’s health had not been good for some time prior to him passing away.

The body was sent to the Police Hospital in Bangkok for a post-mortem examination and the Italian Embassy in Bangkok were informed.

German shoots himself in the head and later dies at Pattaya Hospital

A German businessman, who imports Wine into Thailand, reportedly shot himself in the head at his luxury home in East Pattaya early on Monday Morning following an argument with his girlfriend.

Police and medics rushed to the house in Soi Pornprapanimit 27 just before 5am and assisted Mr. Arthur Wilhelm Grudda aged 40. He was lying on his bed and had sustained a serious head trauma. He was breathing heavily and was unconscious. Nearby on the floor was a 38 caliber handgun, which he is suspected of using to shoot himself in the side of his head.

As Mr. Grudda was rushed to Hospital, Police spoke with his Girlfriend, Khun Sunaree aged 22, who revealed that the pair had earlier argued over photos of women on Mr. Grudda’s phone. Despite him claiming he had not been in contact with the women since he met Khun Sunaree, the argument intensified and culminated in the woman packing her bags and preparing to leave Mr. Grudda.

At this point he repeated an earlier threat he had made to her where he promised to commit suicide if she left him. He then went into the bedroom and the sound of a gunshot was heard.

It was reported by doctors at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya that Mr. Grudda passed away shortly after arriving at the Emergency Room. Police continue to investigate the apparent suicide in conjunction with the German Embassy in Bangkok at this time.

(Mr. Grudda was arrested by Pattaya Police in 2012, click here for the story)

Photo-fits issued for 2 suspects wanted in South Pattaya Helipad sexual assault case

Pattaya Police are still investigating the disturbing case whereby an 18 year old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by 3 Thai men, who abducted her at knife-point. Her 19 year old boyfriend was held at gun point nearby and heard screams from the woman but was powerless to prevent the attack.

Police Major General Nittipong, the Provincial Police Commander is overseeing the investigation which has received national media coverage. He examined the scene on Monday Night and saw three security cameras in the area but it was confirmed that each of them were inoperative.

With the assistance of the victims, Police have issued photo-fit images of two of the gang members and they believe that at-least one of them has recently left prison as this was mentioned during the encounter at the Helipad on Sunday.

Police are appealing for anyone who may recognize one or both of the suspects to come forward and report to Pattaya Police Station.

Initial Story: http://www.pattayaone.net/pattaya-news/172612/18-year-old-girl-sexually-assaulted-by-3-men-in-south-pattaya/