Wedding arrest: Bride's 100,000 baht dowry came from stolen money

Wedding arrest: Bride's 100,000 baht dowry came from stolen money

A seventeen-year-old bride was in tears yesterday after her groom was arrested just before their wedding on charges of stealing the money he used to pay for her dowry

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The money portion of the dowry is laid out for all to see at a Thai wedding.

Stealing for sin sot: Groom locked up at altar

Online reporters

A 23-year-old groom-to-be’s happy day turned into a nightmare when he arrested at his fiancée’s house hours before their wedding for stealing 100,000 baht from his boss to pay for her dowry.

Piyarat Khuleedee, an employee of an Udon Thani superstore, was shocked when uninvited guests in brown turned up with employer Suchart Surawanvijit at his 17-year-old future wife's house in Bung Kan province yesterday with wrist bracelets, not rings.

Police took from him 31,800 baht cash, three gold necklaces and a handbag.

Pol Col Phumwit Vetkama, chief of Udon Thani police, said the arrest followed a complaint by Mr Suchart, 49, owner of Save Mart, that a thief broke into his warehouse and made off with about 100,000 baht cash on May 25, Thai media reported Friday. An investigation soon led to Mr Piyarat.

Police said Mr Piyarat confessed to the theft in order to pay for his new bride's dowry, or sin sot. A 300-baht-a-day minimum wage worker, he was too poor to pay the sin sot for the girl of his dreams.

Khaosod Online reported that the 17-year-old's family asked for a dowry of 10,000 baht and one baht-weight of gold. However, he bought three gold necklaces for 12,080 baht each – one for his bride, one for her mother and another for himself to wear for the wedding. He said he also hired a taxi from Udon Thani to his fiancée’s house for 8,000 baht.

Their wedding would had been scheduled to start yesterday. Shamed at the altar, the girl burst into tears, immediately broke up with Mr Piyarat and cancelled the wedding.

Khaosod reported the girl's family had already bought an entire cow to cook up for wedding guests.

Police said Mr Piyarat had a criminal record of several thefts in Udon Thani and Ayutthaya provinces. He was convicted and served 31 months in jail before being released in November last year.

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Vocabulary

  • altar: a type of table used in ceremonies in a church or in other religious buildings or in some homes - ที่บูชา, แท่นบูชา
  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • arrested: caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม
  • break up with (verb): to end a romantic relationship, - เลิกคบ
  • bride: the woman at a wedding who is getting married - เจ้าสาว
  • burst into tears: to suddenly start crying - ร้องไห้
  • cancel (verb): to decide to stop something that has been arranged from taking place - ยกเลิก
  • cash: money - เงินสด
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • confess (verb): to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • convicted: having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law - ต้องโทษ, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่าข้อกล่าวหามีความผิดจริง
  • criminal record (noun): a police record of arrests and/or crimes that a person was found guilty of -
  • dowry: money and/or property that, in some societies, a husband must pay to his wife's family when they get married ; money and/or property that, in some societies, a wife or her family must pay to her husband when they get married; - สินสอดทองหมั้น, สินสมรส
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • employer: a person, company, or organisation that pays someone to work for them as a member of their staff - นายจ้าง
  • fiancée: the woman that a man is engaged to, i.e., the woman he has promised to marry - คู่หมั้นหญิง
  • groom (bridegroom): a man on his wedding day, or just before or just after it - เจ้าบ่าว
  • hire: to pay someone to work for you - จ้าง
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something - การสอบสวน
  • lock up (verb): to put somebody in prison - กักขัง, จำคุก
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • minimum: the lowest possible; the lowest allowed - ต่ำที่สุด, น้อยที่สุด
  • necklace: a piece of jewellery consisting of a chain, string of beads, etc. worn around the neck - สร้อยคอ
  • nightmare: an extremely unpleasant event or experience or possible event or experience; a very upsetting or frightening dream - ฝันร้าย
  • portion: a part of something - ส่วน
  • release: to allow someone to go free - ปล่อยตัว
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • serve a jail term: to spend time in prison as a punishment - มารับโทษจำคุก
  • shame (verb): to make somebody feel ashamed; to make somebody feel that they have lost honour or respect - ทำให้อับอาย,ทำให้ขายหน้า,ทำให้ละอายใจ
  • shocked: very surprised and upset - ตกใจ
  • theft (noun): (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย
  • thief: someone who steals something. An instance of stealing something is called a theft - ขโมย
  • turn up: to come somewhere, especially unexpectedly or without making a firm arrangement - มาถึง (โดยไม่คาดคิดมาก่อน)
  • wage: an amount of money that you earn for working, usually according to how many hours or days you work each week or month - ค่าจ้าง
  • warehouse: a large building for storing things - โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ
  • wrist bracelets (noun): (informal) handcuffs; two metal rings joined by a short chain which lock around a prisoner's wrists on someone - กุญแจมือ

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