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Krabi Police not to investigate British ‘sex attack’ claims – for now

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October 29, 2012 18:54 PM

Mr Cole will travel to Krabi tomorrow to attend the preliminary hearing against the suspects in court. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo
Mr Cole will travel to Krabi tomorrow to attend the preliminary hearing against the suspects in court. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo

PHUKET: The police officer investigating the vicious gang attack in Krabi last Monday night has confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that – at this stage – he is not investigating any allegations of an attempted rape .

The news follows British tourist Jack Daniel Cole being reported as saying that “he feared the gang – mostly young men with perhaps two of them female – was intent on raping Ms Clifton.”

Another report stated that Mr Cole “thought that they were going to kill him and rape his girlfriend, because she was being held back by two Thai men around 20 meters away.”

“He remembers himself yelling ‘get off her’, to the Thai men,” said the report.

However, Lt Col Niwat Pimket of the Ao Nang Police told the Gazette today that Mr Cole made no such complaint in his report to the police.

Neither did his female companion.

“Mr Cole gave a statement that concurred with that given by the suspects. He also said that he did not remember the suspects' faces and that he could not identify the men because it was dark. He initially reported that only about two to three men attacked him,” Col Niwat said.

“The attack did not start over any threats of sexual abuse at all; he [Mr Cole] did not mention anything like that during our initial investigation,” he added.

Col Niwat was unaware that Mr Cole had made the allegations through the media, with reports being echoed in high-readership publications including the Daily Mail Online.

“According to our investigation, Mr Cole and his girlfriend were walking along when one of the young men threw a rock at them. Mr Cole apparently turned to ask why they were throwing rocks, then the young men surrounded them.

“They had a big argument, then the men attacked him,” Col Niwat said.

The Gazette was informed late this afternoon that Mr Cole will travel to Krabi tomorrow morning to attend the preliminary hearing against the suspects in court.

It has yet to be confirmed whether or not the complaint against his attackers will be amended.
Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/...s-for-now-19273.html

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Yvonne

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 - 11:44:37 PM

ALL Thais must realise that Tourists are directly/indirectly supporting millions of their families. The police and other authorities, through inaction, are chasing away the goose that lays the golden eggs for the entire Tourist Industry – hotels, companies selling to the hotels, taxis, bars, restaurants, shops, markets, tuk-tuks, shows, recreational attractions and the allied property and marine industries. It is now SERIOUS. Strong action needs to be taken. Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Bali, Safe Singapore and Malaysia WANT these Tourists. Thailand is going to loose Out. TOO self assured now – Be Careful.
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Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 4:52:29 AM

Isn't it interesting how the story changes over time and the truth slowly comes out. But notice how many expats jump on the bandwagon screaming how bad things are in Thailand? Oh, the poor tourist. Every single country has issues with crime but does the expat living in Thailand blast and criticize his own country? Never... only the one they're in. There are Bad locals just as much as we have Bad Tourists.
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Soupdragon

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 8:17:32 AM

I agree a charge of intended rape would be very difficult to prove in a court if law. Best to just stick with attempted murder.


Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 4:52:29 AM


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Jao

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 8:54:39 AM

Ooooppppps, everything was going fine until that last sentence, Ivan. We have 5 million tourists a year and a local Thai population of about, what... 500,000? So if there are as many "bad" Thais as there are "bad" tourists, Phuket has a very, very serious indigenous crime problem. But I agree with you about the whimpering expats – Borrrrring.


Soupdragon

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 8:17:32 AM


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Kat

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 9:01:51 AM

It seems like Krabi has a massive crime problem. What on earth is going on over there? To me it appears – appears – far worse than Phuket if you adjust it for population. How can places as tiny as Ao Nang and Phi Phi have so much violent crime? There's obviously a major drug problem in both locations, but is this what's driving it? Or is it police corruption? Or both?


Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 4:52:29 AM


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Ratatooe

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 9:51:39 AM

Many Farang in Phuket like to bla-bla for nothing, bringing their negative attitude from EU/US into Thailand. Crime is everywhere and teens in Europe and the US are maybe worse. Most of you don't know much about Thailand. I'm not even sure you know much about your own country. UK has a crime problem probably greater than Phuket. Guys, stop behaving like a wolf looking for some press coverage and constantly criticising the Thailand.


Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 4:52:29 AM



Jao

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 8:54:39 AM


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Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 11:10:34 AM

"There are Bad locals just as much as we have Bad Tourists" is a GENERIC statement... meaning there are no numbers implied for either.


Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 4:52:29 AM



Jao

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 8:54:39 AM



Ivan Gort

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 11:10:34 AM


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Jao

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 - 11:43:59 AM

Ahhhh, thanks. I feel better now.

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Predicted heights of water in meters above lowest low water

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27 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.4 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.7
28 2.8 2.5 2.1 1.6 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.5
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30 3 2.9 2.6 2.1 1.6 1.2 1.1 1.2
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