Police: Remove gunpoint threat video
- Published: 20/06/2013 at 10:12 PM
- Online news:
Phuket's police chief said on Thursday the case involving a Russian man being assaulted and held at gunpoint by a Thai man was a personal matter and called for the removal of the video of the incident from YouTube, saying it might upset Russians or create ill-will towards Thais.
Phuket provincial police chief Chote Chawalwiwat
Pol Maj Gen Chote Chawalwiwat said the case was only a personal conflict stemming from the suspect’s discontent after he had learned that the Russian took his wife to Khao Lak, a famous tourist destination in Phangnga province.
He warned that the incident caught on the video and posted on YouTube could escalate into dissatisfaction among Russians toward Thais.
He also called on the concerned authorities to remove the video from YouTube to avoid causing possible damage to Phuket and Thailand.
Pol Maj Gen Chote said police had taken swift and decisive action in the case and charged the suspect on all offences possible. The Phuket Provincial Court will announce its ruling on the case on July 13, he added.
On June 6, Vasiliy Tubaev, 27, who came to Thailand on April 5 and rented an apartment in Phuket, got to know Ms Karn, a 21year-old Thai woman who lived in the same building. He said he knew that Ms Karn was living with another man he was told was her brother. Police identified the woman later as Wilaiwan Kengdiew, 21. She was wife of the suspect, Patchara Utsaha, 37.
The Russian said he heard somebody knocking loudly on his door and trying to open it, but he left it locked and the visitor went away.
Mr Tubaev said he later set up his video camera, pointed it at the door, and when there was another loud knocking some time later he pressed the record button before opening the door.
Mr Patchara was standing at the door and pointing a gun at him. He forced him to his knees and told him to stay away from Ms Wilaiwan because she was his wife and that he must go back to Russia.
The man slapped and hit Mr Tubaev several times and pressed the pistol against his forehead before leaving.
Police arrested Mr Patchara on June 12. He was charged with home invasion, assault, causing fear and panic and holding someone against their will.
Police said the gun was a replica, and could not fire bullets. Mr Patchara works as the manager of a boat engine oil company, Thai Pramual Oil, and his job requires him to often travel to islands to meet customers.
Suspect Patchara Utsaha
He admitted the crime, saying he became angry after discovering that Mr Tubaev took Ms Wilaiwan to Khao Lak, police said.
After the attack, Mr Tubaev had a headache but recovered in three days. There were no injuries to his body, according to a doctor who examined him. He has now left Phuket to stay in Krabi.
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