Click to download Tribute to His Majesty PDF

The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket police confirm 63 arrested in connection with Thalang riots

PHUKET: An officer from Thalang Police Station has confirmed to The Phuket News that a total of 63 people have been arrested in connection with last year’s Thalang riots. He also confirmed that a further 23 suspects are still at large.

crime, police, drugs, violence, transport,


Supatra Sutham

Thursday 17 November 2016, 10:18AM


Thalang Police Chief Col Somphong Thiparpakul. Photo: Supatra Sutham
Thalang Police Chief Col Somphong Thiparpakul. Photo: Supatra Sutham

During a face-to-face interview with The Phuket News reporters yesterday (Nov 16), Thalang Police Chief Col Somphong Thiparpakul said that so far police had arrested 63 suspects wanted in connection with the riots in Thalang in October last year.

Half a dozen police officers were treated for injuries while over twenty vehicles were vandalised by angry rioters who had encircled the Thalang Police Station in retaliation for the death of two teenagers on Oct 15 last year. (See story here.)

During the interview yesterday, Col Somphong explained, “A total of 86 arrest warrants were issued for suspects involved in the riot. To this day we have arrested 63 of them. Most of these were arrested on separate warrants issued for drug charges. Their cases have been handed over to the Office of Phuket Public Prosecution.”

Col Somphong said those who have been arrested are either out on bail, being held at Phuket Provincial Prison or at the Phuket Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection (DJOP).

“Most of the arrested suspects have been arrested before on drug or other charges so we have a record about them already.

“However, we believe that most of the 23 wanted suspects who are still at large have already left the island and gone to other provinces. We have informed police in other provinces to keep eye out for these wanted men and bring them in,” Col Somphong said.

“I can assure you that we have not neglected this case. To the general public it may seem that we have not arrested anyone because some suspects are not in jail. Our job is to arrest them and pass the cases onto the public prosecutor.

“If some suspects are still out on the streets, this is because their families or community leaders have paid their bail, there is nothing we can we can do about this,” he added.

A post made on the Facepage page of Wipaporn Tawongsri on November 10 concerning one of the suspects named as Mr Uthai Suklien, whose family and friends believe is a scapegoat for this case, states that Mr Uthai was not involved in the riot and even that police from Thalang Police Station have confirmed that CCTV images caught of a man with tattoos was not Mr Uthai.

It also states that Mr Uthai was one man who had an arrest warrant issued for him and that his family must come up with B500,000 bail for public prosecutors. It goes on to say that his family is poor and questions how they would be able to find such money to bail him out. (See post here.)

In reply to this, Col Somphong said, “Most suspects arrested in this case would have denied any involvement even if we have hard evidence against them. In the case of Mr Uthai, he was on the wanted list and I believe investigators had enough evidence to put him on it. I don’t think it is a mistake.

“Beside, the suspect caught on CCTV looked exactly like him but with tattoos. Now people are saying that Mr Uthai does not have any tattoos so he is not the person in the CCTV footage. People can remove a tattoo nowadays, some even have temporary tattoos. We just never know.

“However, his case is with public prosecutors now and it is up to them to decide. Everything we do must be done in accordance with the law,” he said.

“Cases are no longer our responsibility after arrests have been made and details have been sent to the public prosecutors. If the public prosecutor does not want to proceed with the case due to lack of evidence then the case might be dropped.

“Whether suspects including Mr Uthai are guilty or not it is up to the court to decide based on evidence collected,” he added.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Joe12 | 19 November 2016 - 19:25:14

Rorii...Alas poor Rorri. You can't even understand an act of parliament let alone a simple news article.  It states, "To this day we have arrested 63 of them." It is merely co-incidental that most were arrested as well for drug offences on "separate warrants". Pretty straight forward really. So on your analysis, there were more than the 63 arrested, which is not right. If you want to know a court date, its merely a matter of asking...again straight forward. 

The Phuket News

Kurt | 19 November 2016 - 11:43:42

Timothy, you hit the nail on the head!
Exactly what I feel.
Unfortunately, this are not the 'circumstances' khun swerv ment.
He did conveniently overlook that by accusing me to be sarcastic.

The Phuket News

Timothy | 19 November 2016 - 09:46:23

The villains destroyed the Police station while the Police were hiding inside. They had video of all the criminal activity but then did nothing. In other reports, the Police were quoted saying that they were afraid to make arrests as this would cause another demonstration. Why did they allow the criminals to leave the island? The Police work was not that good...

The Phuket News

Kurt | 18 November 2016 - 19:51:37

Yes, Rorii, You are very right, in Singapore, indeed, it would have been handled more adequate and efficient.
Very much less bla bla and ..'on hand sitting'..

The Phuket News

Rorii | 18 November 2016 - 18:09:09

Oh dear joe12, you have been quiet for some time, but hey, welcome back, alas, you still haven't  learnt to read "Most of these were arrested on separate warrants issued for drug charges. " please note, not arrested on a warrants for the riot, my understanding of English  is that they where arrested on warrants NOT associated  with the riot. Perhaps your interpretation  is a little different, but then that wouldn't surprise me, you do seem think differently to most others, except swerv, oh and that ex-editor. As for showing up in court, there is no set date, no charges, so your blowing air out your, you know what.

The Phuket News

Joe12 | 18 November 2016 - 17:40:32

Rorri...the article states, "A total of 86 arrest warrants were issued for suspects involved in the riot." so the article cannot be wrong as you suggest. Co-incidentally, most of those arrested had outstanding separate warrants issued for drug charges. Pretty clear to me. 63 arrests being a few? That's a staggering amount. Great Police work. Yes, I can imagine some being on run. If I was wanted on a warrant I would be running and hiding too. 

What other questions would you want PN to ask? It has informed the public of what has occurred. Turn up to Court and hear the evidence if you are that interested in the case. 

The Phuket News

Rorii | 18 November 2016 - 15:04:34

"Phuket police confirm 63 arrested in connection with Thalang riots."
"An officer from Thalang Police Station has confirmed to The Phuket News that a total of 63 people have been arrested in connection with last year’s Thalang riots.

"Most of these were arrested on separate warrants issued for drug charges."

So, just how many actually had warrants, related to the riot.

So, it looks like the headline is WRONG, most arrests were unrelated to the riots... more poor reporting.

Over a year, and few arrests, maybe 23 still on the run, can you image this in any western country, or China, Japan, Nth and Sth Korean, Singapore etc.

Again, poor police work.
Oh, and let's not forget, no photos, just some dude behind his desk, so it didn't happen. Come to think about it, sitting behind ones desk is problem all that happened.

It really is a pity reporters do not ask question, just swallow what is spoon fed to them. My wife often comments, she wish Thailand news was like Australian news, i.e. ask questions, and question what they are fed.

The Phuket News

swerv | 18 November 2016 - 12:09:55

Kurt: The majority of them had fled Phuket, in fact 23 of them are still on the run.

The Phuket News

Kurt | 18 November 2016 - 10:39:19

khun swerv, what circumstances?

The Phuket News

swerv | 17 November 2016 - 15:53:53

Kurt: Do you have to be so sarcastic?
I think given the circumstances the police have done a good job.

The Phuket News
Page: First | 1 | 2 | Last Matches 11 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

And Foot, It are sayings like you wrote:.." your continual idiotic comments".. is insulting. I not insult readers. I even sometimes me...(Read More)


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

Foot, no, I not see the blue tanks, but I know there are, underground, yes? And the fact that water tankers are driving like crazy to sell expensive ...(Read More)


Samkong Underpass to partially close for grand opening ceremony

They are really nuts. Close from 10:00 pm till next morning 11:00 AM, just for a short morning ceremony. Unbelievable, a last effort of incompetence...(Read More)


Take a number: Phuket Airport immigration still overloaded

Another good example of present Phuket, a shame full story of incompetence. Already known al over the world since 16 September. Just crying.."...(Read More)


Phuket beach erosion protection project put on hold

Jome, I agree with the comments of Rorii (7 Dec) and Engineer (10 Dec). I actually intended to give the readers who like to 'tackle' my comme...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Lights out again in Phuket

Maybe a USV or a generator would be useful in Thailand for business? I use USV for Computer and network....(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Lights out again in Phuket

A great PN Opinion article. Yes, 2 weeks ago a day a internet blackout without warning. At TOT office no one was answering the phone. I went to TOT...(Read More)


Phuket beach erosion protection project put on hold

Rorii...I only respond to dumb, stupid, off the planet comments....(Read More)


Phuket Waterworks Authority announces more water shut-offs

Foot Kurt's comment is fair comment. It does not matter whether it is correct or not, it is fair comment. I suggest you read the Phuket News edi...(Read More)


New Phuket underpass to add more delays to reaching airport

I use this intersection every 2-3 weeks and agree with all below that traffic flows freely all ways. Perhaps it is not the traffic flow but the flow ...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2016 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.