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On Koh Samui speeding motorcyclist hits & kills girlfriend, police then try to extort 480 to 960,000 baht from dead woman's father to save boyfriend from jail. 



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Tourist condemns Thai police injustice

30/11/2012
Online Reporters

Thai police have come under criticism again by the international community after an Australian TV show ran a story about a man who lost his girlfriend in an accident and was then framed by police on Koh Samui.

"Tragedy in Thailand”, an episode of the popular TV show A Current Affair on Australia's Channel 9 network, accused Thai police of injustice and corruption.

In a getaway which was supposed to be the trip of their dreams, Jamie Keats faced his worst nightmare while dealing with Thai police after an accident that killed his girlfriend Nicole Fitzsimons, a former Channel 9 reporter.

The couple went on a holiday to Koh Samui in October 2012.

On their last night on the island, the couple were heading back to their hotel after dinner when the accident occurred.

The show ran video footage from a surveillance camera in the area which showed the couple slowing their scooter to make a right turn into the hotel when a speeding bike crashed into them.

The couple, who were not wearing crash helmets, were thrown off their scooter and Nicole was severely injured. She died three hours later.

Mr Keats said he was not only saddened by his girlfriend’s death but also by the actions of the Thai police.

He was taken to the police station after being released from the hospital, where he was handed a document in Thai.

He said police demanded he sign a confession as the guilty party of the crash, in exchange for his passport, but he refused.

Six days later, Mr Keats reluctantly agreed to sign a document which stated there was no guilty party in the accident.

"Jamie and Nicole’s family were denied justice over the accident,” the show's presenter said. 

Grief is momentarily overtaken by disbelief when unscrupulous Thai police tried to turn the tragic loss of a young Australian woman into a pay day for themselves. 

In the video, Nicole’s father said he was told that it would cost him 15,000-30,000 Australian dollars (480,000 - 960,000 baht) to get Jamie out of the situation.

"They said it was an accident. That bloke is walking free, it burns me to see that,” Mr Keats said in tears.

It’s a cruel world there (Thailand), and we have seen it, there are no laws,” he added.

The criticism comes about a month after the father of a Dutch woman who was assaulted and raped posted a video “Evil man from Krabi” condemning the Thai police for their negligence in bringing justice for his daughter.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Tourist condemns Thai police injustice, 30/11/2012, Online Reporters, link

 
Police Corruption Vocabulary

police corruption - action by the police to make money by abusing their power, taking bribes to act or not act on a case or to falsify evidence or even participating in organized crime themselves (See Wikipedia)

reckless driving - driving in a dangerous and crazy way การขับรถโดยประมาทเลินเล่อ การขับรถบ้าระห่ำ
reckless speeding motorcycle

extort - to illegally get money from someone by using threats or force ขู่เข็ญ, กรรโชก
police try to extort money from  tourist

condemn - criticise severely, find fault with ประณาม
injustice - failure to treat someone fairly and to respect their rights ความไม่ยุติธรรม
condemns injustice

tourist condemns Thai police injustice

criticism - finding the problems in a situation
come under criticism - to receive criticism

international - between countries ระหว่างประเทศ 
community - 1. all the people who live in a  place or area; 2. the people living in one small local area ชุมชน
international community - all the people in the world (outside of Thailand)

Thai police have come under criticism again by the international community

frame - frame up, when someone tries to make an innocent person seem guilty of a crime by lying or false evidence
framed by the police

ran a story - put a story in a newspaper, TV show or other media
accident - a crash involving a car, plane or other vehicle in which people are hurt or die and car is damaged อุบัติเหตุ
an Australian TV show ran a story about a man who lost his girlfriend in an accident and was then framed by police on Koh Samui

episode - one of the single parts into which a story is divided, especially when it is broadcast on the television or radio ตอน

network
- a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
TV network
Australia's Channel 9 network

"Tragedy in Thailand”, an episode of the popular TV show A Current Affair on Australia's Channel 9 network, accused Thai police of injustice and corruption.

nightmare - an extremely unpleasant event or experience or possible event or experience; a very upsetting or frightening dream ฝันร้าย
faced his worst nightmare

getaway - 1. to escape from the scene of a crime; 2. going somewhere to have a holiday การหลบหนีไปพักผ่อน

In a getaway which was supposed to be the trip of their dreams, Jamie Keats faced his worst nightmare while dealing with Thai police after an accident that killed his girlfriend Nicole Fitzsimons, a former Channel 9 reporter.

couple - two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
the couple went on a holiday to Koh Samui in October 2012.

heading back to - returning
on their last night on the island, the couple were heading back to their hotel after dinner when the accident occurred.

footage -  film or video of a particular subject or event การเสนอข่าว   ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
video footage

surveillance - the process of carefully watching a person or place (usually for wrongdoing or breaking the law) การเฝ้าตรวจตราอย่างเข้มงวด
surveillance camera

scooter -
small motorcycle

The show ran video footage from a surveillance camera in the area which showed the couple slowing their scooter to make a right turn into the hotel when a speeding bike crashed into them.

released - allowed to leave a place such as a hospital or jail
released from the hospital

document - a piece of paper or a set of papers containing official information เอกสาร
handed a document - given an official paper or set of papers

He was taken to the police station after being released from the hospital, where he was handed a document in Thai.

confession - admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal การสารภาพผิด
sign a confession - sign some papers saying that you did a crime

guilty - having been decided by a court of law that you committed the crime your were accused of มีความผิด
party - one of the people or groups of people involved in an official argument, arrangement or similar situation คู่กรณี
guilty party - the person who did a crime

in exchange for
- giving one thing to get another thing
in exchange for his passport

refuse - say you will not do something
he refused to hand over his passport

He said police demanded he sign a confession as the guilty party of the crash, in exchange for his passport, but he refused.

reluctantly - did not want to do it, but did it
reluctantly agreed

no guilty party
Six days later, Mr Keats reluctantly agreed to sign a document which stated there was no guilty party in the accident.

denied - not given something
justice - fairness in the way people are treated (See Wikipedia) ความยุติธรรม
denied justice

Jamie and Nicole’s family were denied justice over the accident

momentarily - for a short time ด้วยเวลาสั้นๆ
momentarily overtaken by disbelief

unscrupulous - prepared to act in a dishonest or immoral way to get what they want ที่ไม่ซื่อสัตย์
unscrupulous Thai police

tragic - causing or involving great sadness, because someone suffers or dies
tragic loss

pay day - 1. getting a lot of money; 2. the day that you get paid by the company you work for

Grief is momentarily overtaken by disbelief when unscrupulous Thai police tried to turn the tragic loss of a young Australian woman into a pay day for themselves. 

bloke - (informal) a man ชายหนุ่ม
burns me - makes me angry

"They said it was an accident. That bloke is walking free, it burns me to see that,” Mr Keats said in tears.

cruel - deliberately causing pain to other people or animals ป่าเถื่อน โหดร้าย

It’s a cruel world there (Thailand), and we have seen it, there are no laws,” he added.

condemning - criticising strongly; saying publicly that you think someone or something is bad or wrong สาปแช่ง กร่นด่า

The criticism comes about a month after the father of a Dutch woman who was assaulted and raped posted a video “Evil man from Krabi” condemning the

negligence - when you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something ความประมาท, ความไม่เอาใจใส่

Thai police for their negligence in bringing justice for his daughter.

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