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Four Thalang rioters transferred to prison after juvenile detention centre riot

PHUKET: Four inmates being held at the Phuket Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection (DJOP) for drug offences and who were later found to have taken part in last year’s Thalang riots have been transferred to Phuket Provincial Prison after causing a riot at the DJOP yesterday afternoon (Aug 5).

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Saturday 6 August 2016, 10:47AM

The rioters are talked to by officials inside the facility. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The rioters are talked to by officials inside the facility. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Officials from the Phuket DJOP at 3pm yesterday called for emergency assistance from Phuket Prison, Provincial Police and others to assist in handling a riot caused by inmates that had broken out inside the facility.

Phuket DJOP Director Ms Rawee Kuhamuk said the inmates, mostly teenagers, had destroyed property and items inside the food court and main hall on the first floor and that staff were at the facility were unable to control them due to their numbers.

Ms Rawee said, “We tried to stop and reason with them, but they did not listen. They let off fire extinguishers, smashed a glass partition between the food court and activity room, threw food on the floor and destroyed chairs and lockers.”

By 3:45pm a team of officials led by Phuket Prison Director Pichit Wanjit and Phuket City Police Chief Kamol Osiri arrived at the Phuket DJOP and were led to the area where the incident had taken place.

Upon their arrival, a group of 35 inmates were still running amok causing chaos.

Officials managed to surrounded them and separated four inmates who were said to have been the instigators of the riot.


Vice Governor, Chokdee Amornwat; Juvenile Family Court Judge, Chartchai Suksai and Provincial Police Deputy Chief, Col Sermpan Sirikong later arrived at the facility to join the investigation.

At this time, the four inmates said to have caused the riots were being held on the second floor of the facility, and after receiving a verbal warning from officials were taken to Phuket Provincial Prison.

Ms Rawee added, “The main instigator is a 17-year-old inmate named A (not his real name) who was charged with drug (kratom) possession. He also took part in the Thalang riots last October.

“A had picked on a new arrival at the facility and tried to intimidate him. After this, other inmates joined him and started causing all sort of problems and disturbances. This was especially the case on visiting days such as today,” she said.

“We did not report previous incidents to the authorities and tried to solve the problem by changing their family visit days from three days a week to everyday. We also organised a football game for them so they could enjoy each other’s company and bond.

“A has already been in and out of the DJOP four times on drug charges. His latest offence was for drug possession and his participation in the Thalang riots,” she said.



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Joe12 | 21 August 2016 - 18:10:30

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Kurt | 10 August 2016 - 11:48:14

I still wait for the answer of Joe12, who is so very good in bringing up statistics and sell it to us for real.

So , Joe12, tell us now, how much caning is yearly done in Singapore ( and may be Malaysia?).
And tell us too what the statistics show how much prevention is factual due to this law happening.

Must be a piece of cake for you to give us here that info.
It is your speciality.

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Kurt | 09 August 2016 - 19:10:41

Silly Joe12 still didn't answer the questions - how much caning is yearly done in S'pore. The answer would tell you that the effect of being caned is such that people think twice before wrongdoing.

And caning in Singapore is not only for the juveniles.

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Rorii | 09 August 2016 - 16:38:01

Joe12, how wrong can you be, obviously not punished enough, by your "well meaning" parents. Some years back a Dr. Spock, yes real name, advocated a "gentler" approach, some years later recanted that theory, admitting he was responsible for many "brats".
Read, and for you Joe12, read ALL of it, and hopefully understand.

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Joe12 | 09 August 2016 - 16:03:37

Kurt... It's a 19th Century anachronism, from the old British rule. Britain has moved on, silly Singapore (an Malaysia) haven't. Canning, death penalties does nothing. If it did there would be any. 

Wow and here you are bemoaning the fact that as a foreigner you are prevented from contributing to Thai society, yet here you are advocating the canning of juveniles.

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malczx7r | 09 August 2016 - 12:32:38

Joe 12

We have done the softly softly approach in England for years and all it's done is create a society of people who have no respect for anything.

I bet if you looked at the crime rate in Singapore it's significantly less than in England and Thailand for the youth culture. I'm not saying it stops it completely but i'll be very sure it's a big deterrent.  Nobody else beheads people in a public square so you cannot have comparative data to figure out whether it works or not. I'd be very interested to see the Singapore v Thailand V England youth crime figures though!

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Kurt | 09 August 2016 - 12:27:54

Ed Sanders, silly Joe12 comment on 07 Aug, at 11:42 hrs shows his fish bowl thinking.

It looks like he copied a kind of bible as a comment to you:

" A society that brings up children by caring, humane and non violent methods? Etc, bla bla.
It looks like something from a book, not about the practice in thai society.
Kids in Thailand much of the time grow up in grandparents place, as parents work at far distance away.
Grandparents not guide grandchildren during growing up.
They not have the power and strength for that.
Kids go their own way, just do what they want.
Big thai problem.

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Kurt | 09 August 2016 - 11:04:46

malczx7r, well, just ignore comment of silly Joe12.
The one who compares caning in Singapore ( in prison) with public beheadings in Saudi Arabia lost completely track of the road.
But living in a fish bowl, what can we expect?

This Joe12, who always comes up with law is the law and statistics about it, should now tell us how much caning than happens in Singapore.

I can tell you, very little. 
As youngsters in Singapore don't drive out on motorbike with a axe to attack tourists to get money for party and eat.

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Joe12 | 08 August 2016 - 19:53:19

malczx7r...strange comment, if as you say it works there...why is it still happening? It's a bit like the weekly beheadings in the public square in Saudi Arabia.

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Kurt | 07 August 2016 - 15:29:50

@ Ed Sanders,...Silly Joe12.
It is with psychology, authority and clarity how Singapore handles inmates. Very fair, but strict.

Thailand doesn't need to copy Singapore in everything, but a few good things of Singapore can work out well in Thailand.

I did visit 1 Singapore prison and 2 thai prisons, several times ( visited inmates with things, like cigarettes, books and other things + being a messenger from/toward their family)
Silly Joe12 better do that himself first too before talking about others education from out of his sour fish bowl.

About the psychology of caning,...  oh boy, that works very well in Singapore.
Boys don't want the pain, the many month recovery process with scares on their bump for life. ( just 6 strokes)
It works very preventive there, so, why not in Thailand?

Caning youngsters instead of jailing.
Than the punks not add credits among them selves in the group..
A damaged ass/bump for life is not lifting your status. Right?
Hard to find a girlfriend afterthat.

Lets be real, our thoughts and compassion should be with the victims, not with the criminals.

6 Strokes with the cane, and send them home. A whole village will get clear of 'punk crimes'.( including shoot to kill).
That works in Singapore, give it a try in Thailand.
Start on Phuket.

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