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More details emerge of Phuket condo hell

PHUKET: The bullying developer and manager of Pornsawan Condominium on Chao Fa East Rd, Wichit, arrested after a years-long reign of terror over people living in the condo, is due to appear in court today (January 25) for a remand hearing. The occupants of the condo are praying he will not get bail.

Friday 25 January 2013, 11:50AM

As reported in last week’s issue of The Phuket News, Pornsawan Reungsiriwarakul was arrested on January 15 on a variety of charges after power was cut to the condo.

Condo owners and tenants had discovered that although they had been paying him for power, he had not been passing the money on, and the electricity company was owed B200,000.

The occupants of the condo have requested the courts, the police and provincial authorities to ensure he does not get bail, as they fear he may try to take revenge on them for their actions leading to his arrest.

They claim that they have had to put up with threats and, in some cases, beatings, whenever they disagreed with the manager, and that private vehicles were damaged as part of his terror tactics.

Erik Olsson told The Phuket News, “As someone who is unfortunate enough to live in one of his managed units, I can tell you he has caused untold damage to everyone’s vehicles, both old and new, car and bike, including my own vehicle, which is brand new.

“This, he thinks, will get us to drop all the charges against him. How naïve.

“We meet every night in the communal areas now, to watch our property and vehicles, and watch out for his staff bullies, whom he uses when assaulting or threatening tenants.”

Mr Olsson said that in addition to not paying electricity bills, Pornsawan had also not paid the water company, which had cut off supplies.

“Yet we still have water,” Mr Olsson said. “Following a mess of blue pipes today, it appears he is ripping-off the water company too (by putting in a new connecting pipe), which we will report.

“The cable TV was cut off over a month ago, also due to non-payment, though he has been sure to collect the fees from us.

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“I’d also like to add the threats to kill he has made, intrusion into apartments by force, and bullying tenants out, so he can rent their apartments to others.

“On the day of his arrest, he even threatened an old Thai lady with death, if she did not open the door so he could evade the police, and thus his arrest.

“We are obviously delighted he is currently locked up.

“The person who attempted to bail him out [of Wichit Police Station] was one of his members of staff, and he is watching us, even today. For someone working for Pornsawan (who is supposedly broke), his nice clothes and gold rings mark him out somewhat.

“Every night he speaks angrily to the tenants who are trying to organise correct supplies of water, electricity, cable TV, and common services.

“We just want to pay fairly for normal services, not feel bullied, not be ripped-off, not be intimidated.”

“Pornsawan should know that we, the tenants, are ready to stand up to him now. Whatever it may take.”

But although some occupants are ready to go up against Pornsawan, others are not, Mr Olsson noted. “A number of tenants have yet to return at all, due to his threats of violence.”

Even without Pornsawan and his sinister henchmen, the owners of the condo units face more trials; after six years none has yet received a title deed, and it is understood that there are problems over the land paper underlying the condominium.



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