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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.

I agree . It is a good start .

I think the more positive feedback is needed on this website ..

No disrespect to anyone's opinions here or an other forum or post , but some days I read and shake my head at all the negative comments and put downs ....

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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.

Aren't the jet-skis rented at 1500 baht per half hour? I gather the father rented one, and the son rented one - that's 3000 baht.

1000 baht is just some part of the profit from the rental to the victims.

It does seem a little too lenient to me, and would tend to send a message to other jet-ski operators, and tuk-tuk drivers, that the going rate for assaulting a couple of tourists, with a weapon, (flag pole) is only 1000 baht.

In my opinion, it sets a rather low precedent for this Court to now abide by.

1000 baht is cheap for "tarnishing Phuket's image." smile.pngsmile.png

He got fined to the maximum of the law.

Surely the fine/sentence is based on the seriousness (injuries) to the victims.

Are you saying if he took an eye out with the flag pole, it's still a 1000 baht fine????

Are you saying if he broke bones (arms/legs) with the flag pole, it's still a 1000 baht fine?

I don't think so.

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>>Thai perspective, they had a massive loss of face and every Thai would tell you being hauled up to court is a scary experience for them. So when he is fined, somchais know this is bad for business and bad when they work in a small community to be known as someone that got hauled to court.

Maybe for the average Thai citizen, but for this guy this is a badge of honor among his ilk, jet ski operators, tuk tuk drivers, black plate taxi drivers etc. What this shows is the law is something to scoff at where you can beat the sh** out of someone and only get a 500 baht maximum fine. Perhaps the law on assault against a foreigner needs a rethink if the authorities want the average toursist to think that the " safe zones" and indeed anywhere on Phuket is safe and backed by a law that includes a harsh punishment against tourists and foreigners.

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>>Thai perspective, they had a massive loss of face and every Thai would tell you being hauled up to court is a scary experience for them. So when he is fined, somchais know this is bad for business and bad when they work in a small community to be known as someone that got hauled to court.

Maybe for the average Thai citizen, but for this guy this is a badge of honor among his ilk, jet ski operators, tuk tuk drivers, black plate taxi drivers etc. What this shows is the law is something to scoff at where you can beat the sh** out of someone and only get a 500 baht maximum fine. Perhaps the law on assault against a foreigner needs a rethink if the authorities want the average toursist to think that the " safe zones" and indeed anywhere on Phuket is safe and backed by a law that includes a harsh punishment against tourists and foreigners.

And you would know that why?

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[...] MAKE IT A 50,000 BAHT FINE. THEN WORD WILL SPREAD AND THESE GUYS MIGHT START BEING CIVIL TO TOURISTS AND BEHAVE THEMSELVES!

And while they are at it, next time you are caught without a valid driving license, not wearing a helmet while driving a motorbike, or driving under influence, or whatever - make it a 50,000 Baht fine, it will teach you to behave.

And yes - uppercase only is considered shouting ermm.gif

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This is a brief outtake from the Australian criminal justice system statistics page.........


"An assault offender with no prior convictions faces a 2.8 per cent chance of imprisonment. By contrast, an assault offender with four or more prior convictions faces a 42.9 per cent chance of imprisonment. Among those who received prison sentences, the average minimum term was 9 months and the average aggregate sentence was 15 months. "


What it shows is that those habitual criminals charged and convicted with a crime receive higher penalties.....which is what should happen.


This case in Thailand is laying the foundations of justice for future criminal acts of this particular person.....give the system time to work.

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Having experienced Thai Justice, the standout thing about this whole process is that it took 36 hours and not 36 months.

It seems to me that it's almost impossible for you people to be satisfied with anything that happens and if that's the case why the hell do you live here? You do nothing but complain.

I seem to remember there was a time in Australia where we had such a thing as an "whingeing Pom". It seems they're all Here now.

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

There is just no way to satisfy everyone. If it were 10k Baht people would likely cry that it was too much. 1000k means a lot to the locals in perspective.

If you were the judge, how much would you fine them?

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

Actually putting it in context, 1000 baht isn't a bad Fine it all. if you consider how much he makes in a day, that will keep him aware.

If you don't look at these things in context the whole point is moot.

Obviously you don't live here, don't see these scammers on a daily basis, nor do you know how much they make, nor how much influence these guys have. 500 baht for one assault on a tourist is a small fraction of a half hour jet ski rental. These guys along with the tuk tuk and black plate taxis are thugs, plain and simple and operate as if they are above the law.

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A 1,000 baht fine to most Thais would seem an awful lot of money maybe it would have been better had this man been banned from plying his trade on that beach for 3 months, no doubt he will put up his charges for rental to pay off his fine at least justice is seen to be done to a certain extent

Let's get this corrected.. A 1,000 baht fine to most normal, hard working, honest, law abiding thais, is an awful lot of money.

Right, but that is not who we are talking about here. We are talking about jet ski mafia: abnormal, lazy, dishonest criminals.

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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.

Why not line him up and shoot them all.....burn all the books, throw them in jail....hang them from the highest tree.....perhaps throw all the children in jail so they never become future jet ski operators.....better yet sterilize every person so they can prevent future jet ski operators......

Banned for life from working in the tourist industry......just where do you come from........my guess would be the nanny state of Australia.........never laughed so hard at a response in the last year.....good god..........you should be a stand up comedian.

I was probably a little harsh saying he should be banned from the industry. The tourism industry needs to recruit more people like him. Having someone grab a weapon and beat a customer actually encourages more trade and tourism will go through the roof. Tourist love this stuffbiggrin.png .

Right...so how about a good stoning.....tourists love that as well. Your remarks are taken as they are...from an emotional stand point. You can not change the system overnight....it will take time....perhaps another generation or so and this case is but just the first step in getting to the Stalinist system you are looking for.....as they say....be careful of what you seek!

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