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New Zealand father and son arrested at Phuket Airport over Patong restaurant bill

PHUKET: A New Zealand father and his son were taken into custody on arrival at Phuket International Airport last night (Sept 14) and presented with a warrant for their arrest for failing to pay a bill at a Patong restaurant two years ago.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 15 September 2015, 05:58PM


New Zealanders Brian Russell Finn, 54, and his son Luke, 24, were arrested on arrival at Phuket Airport last night. Photo: Kathu Police

New Zealanders Brian Russell Finn, 54, and his son Luke, 24, were arrested on arrival at Phuket Airport last night. Photo: Kathu Police

Brian Russell Finn, 54, and his son Luke, 24, were detained by immigration officers at about 10:30pm, and handed over to the Kathu Police, who were waiting for them.

“They were wanted on a warrant of arrest issued on November 27, 2013. The warrant says they were wanted for cheating on a food-and beverage-bill,” said Kathu Police investigator Suthichai Tienpo.

The warrant detailed that the alleged cheating on the bill occurred at The Blue Marine Resort and Spa, Phra Baramee Road, in Patong, at 3pm on September 5, 2013, he added.

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“Both of them accepted that they were same persons wanted on the arrest warrant, but they denied the complaint,” Lt Col Suthichai said.

Mr Finn and son were both taken to Kathu Police Station for questioning.

 

 

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jackinthai | 16 September 2015 - 21:44:17

As a 36 year resident can say with a measure of authority that these cases are normally just a clasic example of people reaping what they sow. Honest folk who pay their bills up front do not normally face these sort of problems in LOS - pure and simple!

edward partridge | 16 September 2015 - 12:34:37

is something missing? isnt the accuser supposed to stand behind the accused with the grinning cops, pointing his finger at the villains in question?  damn!photo op missed there.

generalisimo | 16 September 2015 - 11:32:48

I tend to believe the restaurant's allegations. I doubt that they would go through the trouble of having to contact the police and make a report about something like that. It is shameful for a father to set a bad example for his son. I would be ashamed to do something like that.

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