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Knife-wielding Phuket tuk-tuk driver fined B500, more charges may follow

PHUKET: Patong Police yesterday (Aug 31) arrested and fined a tuk-tuk driver who caught on video brandishing a large knife in front of a Patong Hotel.

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Friday 1 September 2017, 10:03AM


Pannawich Nakamin, 35, admitted that he is a man seen in the video. Photo: Patong Police
Pannawich Nakamin, 35, admitted that he is a man seen in the video. Photo: Patong Police

The arrest was made after the video clips started to circulate on social media.

Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigadech told The Phuket News today (Sept 1), “Yesterday I ordered a team of investigators to look for this tuk-tuk driver urgently.

“An officer found the driver at 10 pm, his name is Mr Pannawich Nakamin, 35, and he admitted that he is a man seen in the video.”

According to Col Tassanai, Pannawich told police that he picked up tourists at McDonald's on Thaweewong Rd at 5am yesterday morning and dropped them off at a hotel on Soi Kebsup where they refused to pay the B400 fare so he went and got the knife from his vehicle and started threatening them.

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“This behaviour is not acceptable in a public place. People should not be carrying a knife in tourism areas,” said Col Tassanai.

“I am still looking for the tourists involved as I want to hear their side of the story,” he added.

At present, Pannawich has only been charged with carrying a weapon in a public place for which he was fined B500.

“Other charges might be brought against him if we find out more details about this case,” Col Tassanai concluded.

 

 

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Ralph00 | 12 September 2017 - 17:51:20

Tuk tuk drivers regularly assault or threaten tourists, but much of it goes unreported to the Police or media.

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malczx7r | 02 September 2017 - 13:11:36

Ah the good old double standards, wait till they find the customers and fine them 5000b for making the tuk ruk driver angry!

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Christy Sweet | 02 September 2017 - 07:59:20

A fruit vendor with her stand in front of her home, halfway on the sidewalk hit me with a plank of wood for parking in front of it, on the public street. Her fine - 500 baht. 

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Discover Thainess | 01 September 2017 - 15:57:03

Rather amusingly I was fined 1,000 baht this week for what I can only understand was "parking near a bridge" outside the Honda motorbike shop in Patong whilst having bite to eat in Malin Plaza. Maybe I should have run around with a large knife threatening people instead, would have been cheaper! Also would have avoided the food poisoning I got the next morning. 555. 

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Sue Yu2 | 01 September 2017 - 14:00:04

Many tuk-tuk drivers carry weapons, it's nothing unusual. BUT if the police are serious about containing this problem they should do continuous random searches of drivers' cabs & confiscate weapons. Pull them over, arrest them.

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Sam hayman | 01 September 2017 - 13:52:01

B500 fine for Thai Tuk Tuk mafia and B15,000 fine for farung.

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Kurt | 01 September 2017 - 13:05:49

Amazing, normally during photo sessions there are 4-7 police officers on the photo with the criminal.
Moment of fame of the day!
But here the poor tuk tuk driver sits lonely.  Not fair!

Ok, not joking, it shows the RTP stand when it comes to tuk tuk drivers, right?
Police don't want to be involved, unless they have to, forced by social media.

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Kurt | 01 September 2017 - 12:56:26

This affair needs a Governor inspection, of course, after the Governor inspected the crocodile they got, as mentioned here in PN.

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Pauly44 | 01 September 2017 - 12:12:45

Fistly don't block the scumbags face out as he should be publicly shamed, secondly it really doesn't matter what the other side of the story is the fact he threatened anyone with a knife over $20 is a disgrace (animal), thirdly a 500 baht fine is an insult to all law abiding citizens, police wouldn't have even pursued the case if there wasn't social media attention, the attitude of these people towards foreigners simply stinks.

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CaptainJack | 01 September 2017 - 11:50:55

Why is his face blurred out in the picture? He's an adult who has been charged with a crime, his face should be shown.

If I was caught on video threatening people with a knife my face would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country.  But then I'm not protected by my status as a Patong taxi driver. 

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