German TV presenter attacked in Phangnga
Police are searching for a man who assaulted and robbed a German TV presenter, the wife of a famous German footballer, on a beach in Phangnga province.
Police said on Thursday that the robbery occurred in Khokkloi area of Phangnga province, not in neighbouring Phuket province as reported in foreign media.
According to media reports in Germany, Cathy Hummels, a German TV presenter and the wife of German International and Dortmund footballer Mats Hummels, was assaulted and robbed while walking on a beach at night in Phuket.
Police said the incident had damaged Thailand's tourism image. They also said the victim had left without giving a statement to police.
Ms Hummels was in Thailand to film her TV show Battle of the Reality Stars. The attack happened after she completed production last week.
According to German newspaper Bild, the attacker hit her on the head several times before stealing her mobile phone. She ran back to the hotel, told her team members and filed a complaint with local police before leaving the country the next day.
She said the attack occurred in Phuket. Police said this was not correct.
The assault happened at Na Tai beach, about 800 metres from Aleenta Hotel in tambon Khokkloi of Takua Thung district in neighbouring Phangnga province, about 9pm on Feb 5.
Ms Hummels was walking along Na Tai beach when a man hit her from behind until she fell down. He then ran off with her iPhone 12.
The victim sustained bruising to her left arm.
According to the police report, the victim could not describe her attacker as there was not enough light to see him well. She said it was not convenient to give a statement to police investigators because she had to board a flight back overseas.
Learn from listening
- assault: to attack someone violently - ทำร้ายร่างกาย
- bruising: marks that you get on your body if you are hit or if you knock against something - แผลฟกช้ำ, รอยฟกช้ำ
- complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
- convenient: easy to do, or not causing problems or difficulties - สะดวก
- damage (verb): to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
- image: an opinion that people have about someone or something - ภาพลักษณ์
- neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
- robbed: to have money stolen from you directly, with a person threatening you, hitting you or using a gun - การปล้น, การโจรกรรม
- statement: a formal written/spoken account of events that a person who has seen a crime or who has been accused of a crime gives to the police - คำให้การ
- sustain: to experience, injury, damage, loss, etc. - ประสบกับ (ความสูญเสีย การเจ็บป่วย)