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Rent dispute Brit to be deported

Rent dispute Brit to be deported

PHUKET: Australian-born British national David Maclean will be deported and banned from re-entering Thailand for five years after he was forcibly removed from a condo in Phuket Town yesterday (May 2).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 3 May 2019, 05:34PM

Mr Maclean was taken into custody at about 3pm yesterday after Phuket Immigration officers entered the ninth-floor condo at the “Supalai Park at Phuket City” complex on Nakorn Rd from a fire truck ladder.

The officers smashed a window to gain entry to the rear of the condo while regular police officers kept Mr Maclean occupied by talking to him through the front door. (See story here.)

Mr Maclean, who had suffered extensive weight loss from his four months locked inside the condo, was immediately taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for medical attention.

However, Maj Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police told The Phuket News today that Mr Maclean refused medical treatment at the hospital.

“We tried to convince him to recover first at the hospital, but he insisted that he would recover by himself,” Maj Ekkachai said.

“He insisted on this and refused the help we offered him, so in the end we brought him to Phuket City Police Station to begin the legal process to have him charged for overstaying, for which he will be deported,” Maj Ekkachai explained.

Maj Ekkachai also explained, “Mr Maclean is very thin, but he is not in any danger health wise. He is able to move properly unassisted and is coherent when talking to us. We just wanted him to recover his health fully first before we started the legal process.”

Mr Maclean’s permit to stay expired on Feb 21 while he was still locked inside the condo, which he had refused to leave since Jan 14 amid a dispute with the landlord over the failure to provide receipts for rent that he said he had paid.

The owner of the condo has assured police that the rent was never paid.

In an email to The Phuket News when the situation began in January, Mr Maclean explained that he needed the rent receipts to provide to Phuket Immigration as proof of his residence while applying for a long-term permit to stay in the country.

Phuket Immigration Chief Col Kathathorn Kumthieng confirmed to The Phuket News that Mr Maclean will now face charges for overstaying in the Kingdom of Thailand.

“The process to deport him is starting now. He will be deported because he was arrested and did not present himself to authorities for overstaying for a period of less than one year. In accordance with immigration regulations, he will be banned from re-entering the country for five years.” Col Kathathorn said.

The Phuket News has confirmed that a British Embassy representative was at Phuket City Police Station last night and that Mr Maclean is being provided ongoing consular assistance.

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Kurt | 07 May 2019 - 08:43:03

From 14 Jan until 02 May this person locked himself inside. This was a mental disordered man. For health- and safety reasons the removal action should have done months earlier. The man could, for example,  have set the building on fire.
That the removal took place just for reason he became a overstay is indeed pathetic.  Almost 4 months health authorities did nothing to end this situation.

Kurt | 06 May 2019 - 14:39:58

If this person was a thai than it would have been treated samaritan wise. With compassion. Because it concerns a foreigner,  get rid of him as fast as possible with full force of any law we can use in this matter. Even label him as a criminal, immigration wise. Cold hearted and despicably.

DeKaaskopp | 04 May 2019 - 20:31:06

Finally this saga comes to an end! The only thing what's obvious is  that this person has a mental problem.Let him pay for everything and after that some facility in England can take care of him.The usual suspects smell again some unfair treatment of an innocent foreigner.Pathetic! 

Fascinated | 04 May 2019 - 10:07:05

Instead of dealing with the core issue lets deport him. It isn't as if the authorities didn't know where he was the entire time of the 'overstay'. Typical blinkerd view and lets ignore what's really been happening. Its pretty obvious he had been paying the rent but it was pocketed before arriving at  Mum.

alf | 03 May 2019 - 23:22:19

Farang will never win a case against Thai people...

CaptainJack69 | 03 May 2019 - 22:31:53

I wonder if the land-lord has been paying the property tax... 10% of the rental income, and declared it in their income tax return... I bet not, hence no receipt. What's more I'll bet no one has checked. But they deport the pesky foreigner right away.

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