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Phuket luxury hotel peeping tom arrested, released

Phuket luxury hotel peeping tom arrested, released

PHUKET: Police have charged an employee at a luxury hotel in Phuket with spying on a guest while she was taking a shower, and then released him after processing the charges against him.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 8 April 2022, 02:57PM


Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong confirmed the release of the man, so far named only as “Noppadon”, age 34, this morning (Apr 7).

Noppadon’s release came despite him confessing to the charges against him, Maj Gen Sermphan admitted this morning.

Maj Gen Sermphan initially confirmed the arrest of and charges against Noppadon in a statement posted online after 11pm last night (Apr 7).

The statement came only after the female hotel guest posted online that Noppadon had been arrested, and details of her experience.

The post, uploaded on the Facebook page of “Tong Kamolchanok”, asked why no details of the incident had been reported. Her post was shared more than 800 times before it was removed.

Since then police and provincial officials have gone into overdrive to report everything they can about the incident, which they have deplored as “destroying the image of Phuket tourism” and sharing news of the police action against Noppadon with hashtags such as “Don’t do this to tourists”.

In her account of the incident, Ms Kamolchanok explained that Noppadon, who performed general errands at the hotel, located on Koh Siray east of Phuket Town, was seen on the balcony of the luxury villa, which she said cost tens of thousands of baht a night.

Noppadon was spotted peering through the blinds to the balcony. He was standing there “helping himself”, she said.

Once he realised that he had been seen, Noppadon promptly departed, apparently not an easy feat as the balcony was four to five metres off the ground, she said.

He quickly disappeared, an act also not easily accomplished as the luxury villa was isolated, with a golf cart needed to get anywhere else at the resort, she said.

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Ms Kamolchanok and her male companion immediately reported the incident to the hotel reception. She complained it took five minutes for any staff to attend to her. It took 10 to 15 minutes for the Night Shift Manager to arrive.

Ms Kamolchanok accused the General Manager of dismissing the incident, telling her to go back to bed and that he would deal with it in the morning.

Adding to her experience was that while she was standing at the reception reporting the incident, she saw Noppadon in the hotel lobby. “That’s him!” she shouted.

Ms Kamolchanok reported the incident to Phuket City Police, which Phuket City Police Chief Col Sarawut Chuprasit has now confirmed was recorded at 6:35am.

Col Sarawut also reported that once officers were aware of the incident, a team of investigators was dispatched to inspect the room, including taking DNA samples from the scene.

Noppadon was brought in for questioning at Phuket City Police Station by 10:30pm last night, provincial officials confirmed.

Maj Gen Sermphan confirmed that Noppadon was charged with sexual indecency and trespass for purpose of conducting illegal activity.

Police took fingerprints and DNA samples from Noppadon while presenting the charges against him, Maj Gen Sermphan today confirmed. Noppadon was then released on what Maj Gen Sermphan called “temporary release”.

In his official statement issued last night, Maj Gen Sermphan urged people to ensure that the shower curtain was closed fully and to ensure the door to their room was locked while they were taking a shower or undressed for any other reason.

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DeKaaskopp | 09 April 2022 - 13:59:12

He was charged and released. So what ? Should they keep him in jail for being a "peeping Tom" ? 

Kurt | 09 April 2022 - 11:50:40

Bla bla of a thai general, focussing on the tourist, deviating attention from the Thai criminal ( close your shower curtain/lock front door). Thai Noppadon was on the balcony, remember? Responsibility of hotel security! Noppy walking free, must have RTP family member(s) or other sort of contact. RTP, they are seen around, but hopeless in use. How they ever got predicate 'Royal'?

christysweet | 09 April 2022 - 10:29:02

No nation in the world should lock up people without due process, his act is a misdemeanor. Now will the editor  endure a comment about how 99% of sexual miscreants are a certain gender? 

Ms Christy - the issue was with the suggestion to castrate them, not the fact that the great majority of sex crimes are committed by males -- Ed

JohnC | 09 April 2022 - 09:08:25

Once again the RTP have shot themselves in the foot and made themselves look like the joke they are.  We will probably find out eventually that he is related to a 'senior official' of some kind that is why he was let go. Can Phuket's current reputation get any worse!

Kurt | 08 April 2022 - 23:58:02

Time TAT comment on this 'touristic happening'. Like to read how TAT sell to the world to come for holiday to Thailand, while crimes like commited by Thai Noppadon are not seen serious as RTP let him go home. At least warn tourists against this hotel with this staff and sleeping night manager.

christysweet | 08 April 2022 - 17:53:24

What a diff a Thai name makes. One incident I had to beg Tourist police to have a lurking masturbator arrested (security guard at a nearby villa complex)  and charged. 2nd incident  was more violent and threatening and they couldn't  be bothered with even taking a picture of a foot print left behind much less speak with a neighbor who reported alarmingly-"he watches you all the time..&quo...

Foot | 08 April 2022 - 15:27:25

I missed the name of this "luxury" hotel.  Why is it not mentioned?

 

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