Doubts have been raised by officers investigating the alleged rape of an Australian tourist who filed a complaint earlier this week claiming she was attacked by a tuk tuk driver and his friend.
During the investigation police reviewed CCTV footage from the area where the woman told officers she had spent the day drinking in a bid to identify the tuk tuk driver she claimed sexually assaulted her only to find the statement given by the 23-year-old tourist didn’t match what was captured on camera.
During a press conference the footage was shown to reporters.
The woman told officers she left a bar on Khaosan Rd alone and walked to the end of the street where she got into a tuk tuk and was then taken to wasteland on Soi Boromratchonnanee 43 and raped by the driver and his friend.
However, the footage shows the young woman was actually with another man, who is believed to be a foreigner, walking in a very drunken state.
As officers scanned the CCTV footage it also came to light that the times she stated didn’t add up either as it is almost an hour before she appears at the end of the road still in the company of the same foreign man.
A trip she claims she made alone in just 10 minutes.
Footage from a second CCTV camera at the end of a Thai news report in the video above shows the couple staggering out of the street together.
Police told reporters they have questioned the woman a second time to clarify her side of the story and interviewed tuk tuk drivers working on the night of December 5th.
They are also awaiting the results of medical tests carried out at the time the complaint was made. These will take around two weeks.
It was emphasised the investigation was still ongoing and no conclusion had been reached, however, it was stated charges would be brought against the woman if it was found she had fabricated the story, damaging the reputation of Thailand
Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.