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1000 baht fine ?????????????? Is that a joke ? or a typing mistake ?

as if a thai could make a mistake

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For the first hit... But if he does it again within 2 yrs, then he will be facing jail time

Is is great... Perhaps less than he deserved, but a least it went through the system very quickly and no 'damages' seemed to be paid by the tourists

So clearly far far better than the old system of 'shake down at the Police station'

So still call it a win...

If this happens again and again, then there will soon. Be a lot of jet ski operators, taxi , Tuk Tuk drivers on probation before too long...

Once they are on probation and looking at Jail time for repeat offense, may cause them to think twice

Sent from my iPhone using ThaiVisa appmay cause them to think twice

so you are saying they can think once..where money is involved

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No Phuket Tourist Court hearing – yet
Naraporn Tuarob

PHUKET: Karon Police have denied reports that a jet-ski operator who assaulted two tourists had his case tried by Phuket’s new Tourist Court.

Pol Lt Channarong Prakongkuea, who handled the case, said that the jet-ski operator, Danaichet Yomjinda, 25, admitted assault, and was therefore sent the day after the attack to the Provincial Court for sentencing.

Phuket’s Chief Justice, Parinya Chaowalittawin, agreed. He said, “If there was an application for a Tourist Court hearing, I would know about it.”

A denial also came from Sunti Pawai, Director of the Phuket Tourism & Sports Department, which has under its umbrella the Tourist Assistance Centre (TAC). The TAC is an indispensable link in the process whereby cases reach the Tourist Court.

“I have no information about a first case [in the Tourist Court]. If there was such a case it would go through the TAC.”

Justice in the Provincial Court can be swift when the accused admits guilt, and there is no need for a trial. The judge simply has to decide on the penalty.

In this case, Danaichet went before a judge on Saturday and was fined B1,000. He was also sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for two years.

The hearing was the day after Danaichet and the two tourists got into an argument over damage to his jet-ski. Enraged, Danaichet grabbed a ‘No Swimming’ flag and beat the father, 66, and his son, 43, with the flagpole, giving them both bruises.

Meanwhile, the first test of the new Tourist Court is yet to come.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/no-phuket-tourist-court-hearing-yet-42160.php

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-- Phuket News 2013-10-01

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If it stops him doing it again, it's progress....

When he making 100K a day from his scams 1K is hardly a problem for him. Will be easy to adjust your scam to cover the 1K expected fines.

The guy should've got a prison sentence for Assault with a weapon and intentionally causing injury. Should've also been banned for life from working in the tourism industry. Giving a thug a hug and nice cup of warm milk hardly deters others.

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No Phuket Tourist Court hearing – yet

Naraporn Tuarob

PHUKET: Karon Police have denied reports that a jet-ski operator who assaulted two tourists had his case tried by Phuket’s new Tourist Court.

Pol Lt Channarong Prakongkuea, who handled the case, said that the jet-ski operator, Danaichet Yomjinda, 25, admitted assault, and was therefore sent the day after the attack to the Provincial Court for sentencing.

Phuket’s Chief Justice, Parinya Chaowalittawin, agreed. He said, “If there was an application for a Tourist Court hearing, I would know about it.”

A denial also came from Sunti Pawai, Director of the Phuket Tourism & Sports Department, which has under its umbrella the Tourist Assistance Centre (TAC). The TAC is an indispensable link in the process whereby cases reach the Tourist Court.

“I have no information about a first case [in the Tourist Court]. If there was such a case it would go through the TAC.”

Justice in the Provincial Court can be swift when the accused admits guilt, and there is no need for a trial. The judge simply has to decide on the penalty.

In this case, Danaichet went before a judge on Saturday and was fined B1,000. He was also sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for two years.

The hearing was the day after Danaichet and the two tourists got into an argument over damage to his jet-ski. Enraged, Danaichet grabbed a ‘No Swimming’ flag and beat the father, 66, and his son, 43, with the flagpole, giving them both bruises.

Meanwhile, the first test of the new Tourist Court is yet to come.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/no-phuket-tourist-court-hearing-yet-42160.php

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-- Phuket News 2013-10-01

So I guess the process is that a person is 1st presented before the Provincial Court where he has the opportunity to lodge his plea. If he pleads guilty it is dealt with there, if he pleads not guilty it is then referred to the tourist court where a date is set for a trial.

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

@LivinginKata: you are correct, IMHO; however; the single biggest "blow" to this Mr. Danaichet, an many people obviously missed this, is

the enormous "Loss-Of-Face" his guy has and is suffering ! ! Don't underestimate the psychological effect this has an a Thai !

Under Thai' law, for 'light' assault; the max. [enalty is Bt. 500.- (Five-Hundred baht) per case: 2 cases here: hence the Bt. 1K

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1000 baht fine ?????????????? Is that a joke ? or a typing mistake ?

And that's for TWO assault charges.

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woooo;

that will definately stop him from doing it again, 1,000 baht!!!!

If they had beat him would they also have had a 1,000 baht fine??

Most likely. After all the assault wasn't on a Thai.

So the fact that they provided some sort of justice for a foreigner is new.

In my thirteen years here it's always to attempt to spin the situation off on the foreigner somehow.

Stating Thai's never cause an altercation first,

it's foreigners who disrespect them,

and call the Thai's out.

Never mind if this is the case,

and the Thai man you were disrespecting now calls upon five more to assist.

This I've also seen happen each time.

That's all water under the bridge,

with the understand if you don't like how it is...

go home!

So justice of some sort has arrived.

Best to just buy your own Jet Ski,

if that's your thing,

and if you're just on vacation,

well stay away from them,

there's other things to do.

Once we avoid the attraction,

so to speak, they will be forced to calm down,

but of course that will take time for them to understand.

In the west if this were happening,

of course we would boycott there business.

The pain will only come with loss of revenue.

The nice thing about Thailand is,

the land of the people law themselves.

Do you really want the police involved in all your actions,

or the courts?

Best to avoid the situation all together, no?

Many people claim that the Jet Ski operators are owned by the police.

Don't know myself,

but I've seen men involved in issuing a beating upon a single foreigner,

with at least one or two claiming to be the police,

they weren't in uniform,

and they weren't shy about anything they were doing at the time.

No worries...TIT.

Rights come to those who are keen on timing...

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He's not being punished for his second uncommitted offence, he's being punished for this, his first offence.

For assaulting two people with a weapon the punishment is a 1000 baht fine.

Yes that is pathetic.

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I read the first post and thought 'well it's one small step, but it's a start'

Then I read post 34, nope, business as usual.

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I can see lots of people complaining about this but I think it is very good news. It is justice for the victims, the severity of the punishment can be debated but it is still justice in favour of the victims.

Next stop is to see a couple of these scammers locked up for 6 months sending a big message to everyone. At present they just get away with their behaviour, this is a step in the right direction and we should be happy about that.

Glad to see the Father and Son were not seriously injured.

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You all might makes jokes, but I consider this real progress. You have to realise that fines in Thailand seem low, but that is just the real Thai economy (not the tourist economy).

This is the part I really like ...

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

Definitely is a progress.

Though considering these ''business people'' as regular Thai people might be stretching it a tad bit.

I saw one of these jet ski handlers at the bank one day... The thickness of the 1,000 baht notes was impressive....

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