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Phuket motorist fined for assault on petrol pump attendant

PHUKET: A Phuket motorist has been charged with with assault and fined B500 following a video of him attacking a petrol pump attendant going viral despite the attendant not wanting to press charges against his attacker. Police say they fined the man to set an example to the general public.

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Saturday 12 November 2016, 09:43AM

The attack took place after the driver of the vehicle was refused gasoline because he did not turn off the vehicle's engine. Photo: screengrab
The attack took place after the driver of the vehicle was refused gasoline because he did not turn off the vehicle's engine. Photo: screengrab

The attack, which according to CCTV footage took place at 6:27pm on Thursday (Nov 10), occurred after pump attendant, Usaman Satapoh 32, refused to serve motorist, Pariwat Ponsamak, 30, because he did not switch off his engine as asked.

The incident went viral in Phuket social media circles late on Thursday night when CCTV footage surfaced showing an angry motorist pulling up at a Shell petrol station in Mai Khao in his black Honda sedan while the pump attendant was serving another driver.

The motorist exited his car, bearing Phuket licence plates KorThor 5577, and kicked the pump attendant in the back, which forced the attendant’s face into the side of the car he was attending to, injuring his chin. (See story here.)

Both men went to Tha Chatchai Police Station following the incident and Pariwat apologised to Mr Usaman. Police were told by Mr Usaman that he did not want to press charges so both men were released.

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However, yesterday (Nov 11), Tha Chatchat Police Chief Col Prawit Suthiriangaroon ordered Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Watcharin Jirathikanwiwat to bring both parties back to station after comments were made on social media demanding justice for Mr Usaman.

Once called back Pariwat was charged with assault and fined B500.

Col Prawit said that he pressed the charges against Pariwat to set an example for the general public to think hard before they take matters into their own hands.  



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Kurt | 12 November 2016 - 17:43:13

500 thb fine. Is this a thai joke, or is it exclusive a extra contribution for the police foundations?
I hope the pump attendant takes this matter to civil court, he should be compensated. 

This Col Prawit should pay a working visit to Singapore to learn how to handle matters more appropriate.
Does Col Prawit really think that the thai public will think hard before take matters in own hands when they read about that 500 thb fine? This is a joke, yes? hahaha
Col Prawit, is he thai?

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Nasa123 | 12 November 2016 - 11:01:26

Col Prawit said that he pressed the charges against Pariwat to set an example for the general public to think hard before take matters into their own hands, And you give hime 500 Bath in fined. Give hime 10.000 Bath and take the driver license fore 3 month. 500 Bath Col Prawit the only i can do are 55555555 :)  Use your power Col Prawit and give hime the strongest punishment you can give him in Thailand and the court to I hope.

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