New Zealander arrested after 6-year overstay in Pattaya

Police in Pattaya question New Zealand national Grant Douglas Corrine, 60, after he was taken into custody on a charge of overstaying his visa. (Screenshot)
Police in Pattaya question New Zealand national Grant Douglas Corrine, 60, after he was taken into custody on a charge of overstaying his visa. (Screenshot)

A 60-year-old New Zealand man was arrested on Friday in Pattaya for overstaying his visa by nearly six years, police said.

The New Zealander, identified as Grant Douglas Corrine, was caught outside a convenience store near Jomtien Beach, police said.

The arrest was part of an operation called “X-ray”, aimed at purging Pattaya of visa offenders as well as foreigners who have been reported as committing crime or working in professions reserved for Thai people.

Mr Corrine was found to have overstayed his visa for a total of 2,173 days.

He told police that he had managed to evade detection for nearly six years by rarely appearing in public and avoiding making local friends.

He also said he left his home only during the evenings to buy essentials to minimise encounters with authorities.

Police said he will be deported.

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Vocabulary

  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • convenience store: a shop/store that sells food, newspapers, etc. and often stays open 24 hours a day - ร้านสะดวกซื้อ
  • crime: an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม
  • deport: to send someone out of a country, usually because they do not have a legal right to be there - เนรเทศออกจากประเทศ, ส่งตัวกลับประเทศ
  • detection: the process of proving that something is present or how something has happened using scientific methods - การพบ,การสืบหา,การตรวจพบ
  • essentials: basics; things that are necessary - สิ่งจำเป็น
  • evade: to avoid or escape from someone or something - หลีกเลี่ยง
  • identified (verb): named, searched for a discovered - ระบุ
  • minimise (verb): to reduce something to the smallest amount or degree - ลดจำนวนลง
  • offender: a person who is guilty of a crime - ผู้กระทำความผิด
  • overstay: stay in a country for longer than you are allowed to stay, not leaving when your visa to stay in the country ends -
  • purge: to remove, often violently - กำจัด
  • visa: an official document or mark in your passport that allows you to enter or leave a country for a specific purpose or period of time - วีซ่า, เอกสารอนุมัติที่ประทับตราบนหนังสือเดินทาง
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