Flogging a thief, AK-47 poser, flaunting a stolen BMW

Herded like a buffalo

The family of an intellectually disabled Rayong man whipped by a neighbour is vowing legal action, though admits they once chained him up themselves in the past.

Chamroen's back injuries.

Wilailuck Ketdit last week complained to the Paveena Hongsakul Foundation after her uncle, Chamroen, 42, who has an intellectual impairment, was hounded by a neighbour on a motorbike.

Her neighbour Chao, who runs a rental place, whipped her uncle as he chased him along a 500m stretch of road in Nikhom Phattana, Rayong, on June 26 as punishment for vandalising some household items.

Ms Wilailuck said Mr Chao on June 24 posted on Facebook appealing for sightings of Chamroen, whom he said had pinched a pair of his tenants' shoes, and stolen some items from a spirit house in front of his property, including a statue, pot plant and drinking glass. He offered a reward for useful tips.

This upset Ms Wilailuck, who went to see Mr Chao and asked what her uncle had done.

"I asked why he didn't simply contact me about any trouble he had caused, as we are happy to pay the damages," she told the media.

However, Mr Chao, who has had problems with Mr Chamroen's petty thieving before, said the post was intended to draw out Mr Chamroen's family, not solicit damages.

Two days later, Mr Chamroen, who apparently roams unsupervised around the neighbourhood, left home before anyone else had risen for the day. Fatefully, he started mingling around Mr Chao's place.

Mr Chao spotted the visitor and chased him down the road on his motorbike, in scenes caught on CCTV camera.

Half an hour later, a local called Ms Wilailuck to say Mr Chamroen had been flogged. Mr Chao, she said, flayed him with a whip, leaving Mr Chamroen with scars on his arms, the tops of his legs, and head.

She and her family raced over to Mr Chao's place to ask him what he had done. They found Mr Chamroen sitting by the side of the road, though at the time she didn't notice his injuries.

It was only later that she noticed blood seeping through his clothes and took off his shirt. She was shocked by the gruesome scarring on Mr Chamroen's body.

"He herded him along like a cow or buffalo, and beat him from head to toe until he wet himself," she said, vowing legal action.

She went back to see Mr Chao and asked why he had to hit him so hard. He replied asking, "Have you ever looked after him? You just let him roam free to damage people's property."

Ms Wilailuck said she was unable to make any progress with Mr Chao. "I cannot cannot accept what he did. My uncle didn't cause much damage. We do not choose the way we are born. He was born with more than my uncle, and he can afford to forgive."

After his neighbour's savage beating, Mr Chamroen, in his confused state, now assumes everyone wants to attack him, even his own family. "Now when I draw near, my uncle raises a hand to protect himself," she said.

Mr Chao, who has hired a lawyer to help him fight the case, said Mr Chamroen has a history of petty thieving, damaging locals' property and even burning down neighbours' houses.

He suggested reporters ask the locals what they thought of Mr Chamroen before leaping to judgement.

Ms Wilailuck admitted her family once kept him locked up in chains to control his behaviour and stop him from annoying the locals.

However, they felt sorry for him so let him out of the chains. Now he stays in his room but goes out on his own steam and can cause problems.

Big shot comes undone

Police nabbed a Nakhon Si Thammarat man in the nick of time before he attacked his girlfriend with an AK-47.

Chanwit Jaihao

Pol Col Chokdee Srimuang, head of Tha Sala police, said officers last week nabbed jailbird Chanwit Jaihao, 30, after he fired his AK-47 assault rifle into the air, scaring the neighbours.

Chanwit, released from jail last year after serving 10 years for murder, had been on the police radar after he resumed his old links with the drugs trade. He would hide out during the day and occasionally slip back to his old place in Taling Chan sub-district at night when he thought police were not looking.

On June 29 he had snuck home but after his girlfriend abruptly ended their relationship over the phone, took out his frustrations by firing the gun into the air. Neighbours complained and alerted police, who arrested him.

Chanwit said he had met the woman since his release from jail and already built a house for her and bought a car.

However, after she called off their relationship and refused to take his calls, he intended taking around his gun later that day to sort out the matter, he said. Fortunately, police arrived first.

The convict said he bought the AK-47 from contacts in the Chumphon drugs trade. Police charged him with firearms offences and are looking into his drug involvement.

Pol Maj Gen Somchai Suetortrakul, head of Nakhon Si Thammarat police, said Chanwit had gone back to his old drug habits, and also liked to collect firearms.

"He liked to be the big shot in the village, firing his gun in air and scaring people. He thought they would be too scared to complain but they did anyway," he said.

Putting on a show

Nonthaburi police busted a convicted thief who stole a BMW and drove it around town "to impress the ladies".

Surachai Summart shows how he broke in.

Rattanathibet police on June 26 nabbed Surachai Summart, 23, as he was heading to a friend's place in the stolen BMW.

Scouting about for things to steal, he had earlier broken into an academic's home and stolen it as he was sleeping. Surachai, who has served time for theft, broke into the house two nights before through a bathroom window, and helped himself to a credit card and cash.

While he was there he also noticed the keys to the BMW, so took that as well. It was owned by a vice-rector of the architecture faculty of a well-known private university, reports said.

He spent the day driving around Sathon and parts of Nonthaburi to impress the womenfolk, he told police after his arrest. CCTV vision also shows him stopping at a petrol station to fill up and grab a coffee.

"I kept driving until I saw another Benz with a plate I fancied," he said. This BMW, parked on Chaiyapruek Road in Pak Kret, bore an auction plate with attractive numbers so he stole the plate and put it over the plate of the car he took to further boost his vehicle's sex appeal.

Surachai Summart, inset, shows how he broke in.

After discovering his car had been stolen, the owner took in his CCTV to the police, who identified the thief. About 10pm on June 26, police learned Surachai was heading down soi Samakee 22 of Tha Sai, Muang district to see a friend, so lay in wait.

"The plate was not the same as the one that belongs to the stolen vehicle, but when the suspect got out we recognised him and made the arrest," an officer said.

Surachai was busted for kratom possession three years ago in Sai Mai, and nabbed for robbery in March in Hua Mark.

After being freed on May 9 he went back to his old ways and broke into the academic's home, police said. During a crime reconstruction, Surachai, who was charged with theft, offered a wai of apology to the owner.

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