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Taxi driver denies any intent of sex misconduct

Taxi driver denies any intent of sex misconduct

PHUKET: The Phuket taxi driver accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl tourist from Australia has denied any intention of committing any indecent act, Phuket Provincial Police have announced through a statement.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 3 May 2022, 02:23PM

The driver, who police named only as ‘Mr Wimol’, was summoned to Cherng Talay Police Station on Sunday night (May 1), explained the statement issued by Phuket Provincial Police yesterday.

The statement was issued in response to comments posted online, challenging police to investigate the report of the alleged sex assault to ensure Phuket Police were performing their duty to protect tourists, and for the sake of protecting Phuket’s image as a tourist destination.

The girl’s father filed a formal complaint with Cherng Talay Police last Saturday, the same day that the family flew home.

The taxi driver has been accused of inappropriately touching the girl’s thigh while she was a passenger in the taxi. The incident occurred at the parking lot of Central Festival shopping mall in Wichit on Friday (Apr 29), said the complaint.

The Phuket Provincial Police statement issued yesterday explained that the father had indicated that the family did not want to pursue prosecution as they were flying home.

The statement also explained that police were procedurally unable to press charges if the victim herself had not yet filed a complaint.

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However, the statement noted that Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Sermphan Sirikong had taken an immediate direct interest in the case, and had ordered the Cherng Talay Police Chief to ensure that the complaint was investigated.

Maj Gen Sermphan also presented himself directly to the Australian Consulate-General in Phuket to explain that the girl could still press charges if she chose to.

“If the informant wishes to prosecute, we will proceed by receiving the complaint, investigating and pursuing legal proceedings,” the statement read.

Police have issued a formal notice to the “relevant agencies” to ensure the acts of drivers of a public transport vehicle is appropriate.

“If [the behaviour] is not appropriate, then officers are to proceed in accordance with their powers and duties,” the statement concluded.

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JohnC | 04 May 2022 - 09:15:23

Very good poing CaptainJack. Kudos!

JohnC | 04 May 2022 - 09:13:14

Of course he denies it. Even an uneducated thug with no prospects  of ever improving has the brain capacity to not say anything to  incriminate himself. Self preservation is human instinct.

Kurt | 04 May 2022 - 01:17:29

.... Specially as the taxi driver's image/face is at stake. And yes, why all the time pics of a taxi car with this articles? No greater nonsense than that.

CaptainJack69 | 03 May 2022 - 18:09:26

Under Thai law a 15 year old is a minor and not required to file a complaint themselves. You'd think a ranking police officer would know that.

If this weren't a Phuket taxi driver his picture would have been all over the newspapers from day 1, guilty or not. Instead we're still getting pictures of cars.

Welcome to Thailand.

Kurt | 03 May 2022 - 16:31:16

First about "Protecting Phuket's image as tourist destination". What image they have in mind? Secondly, going to police station, file a complain, and next not want to pursuing procecution 'because of flying home', is not fair to the acused taxi driver. Who says 'A', must says 'B' too, as this is a serious matter.The whole affair became very unsatisfactory. Spe...

Kakka2 | 03 May 2022 - 14:59:16

why would he admit it? haha wtf  another master piece of journalism 

Apirath | 03 May 2022 - 14:52:37

For the sake of Phuket’s image as one of the top tourist destinations, relevant agencies including the police should continue to monitor the taxi driver. Even if no more offences are found the observation doesn't do anyone harm, I think


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