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Video: Aussie pensioner sets fire to his house in Surat after row with his Thai girlfriend

 

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SURAT THANI: -- A video was posted on Facebook as a 65 year old Australian man set fire to a bed and a sofa at his rented house in central Surat Thani.

 

It was the national day of his country - Australia Day.

 

Police and firemen were called by neighbors who said that Edward Woodward had gone berserk.

 

As firefighters arrived he greeted them with a large kitchen knife at the gate but soon gave this up. As the blaze was extinguished a pointing and slanging match ensued as Thais on the scene warned him to be quiet and wait for police to arrive and sort it all out.

 

Soon after his girlfriend arrived on the scene. Forty year old Juttamas (no surname given) said that she had lived with the Australian for five years. They had only been renting at this present address in the Makham Tia sub-district for a month.

 

Juttamas said that her two sons had moved in and there were frequent rows recently as a result. She said that Mr Woodward threatened to kill one of her sons.

 

So fearing for her life and that of her sons she decided to leave with her children and fled to the sanctuary of her elder sister's place.

 

While she was gone Mr Woodward set fire to the bed and sofa in a garage area of the house.

 

"He must have been stressed," said Juttamas,"so he tried to burn down the house".

 

Police are talking to the couple to get to the root of what happened.

 

 
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The "root" of the problem was that she apparently got ahold of his ATM card and emptied almost 500,000 baht from his account.

 

(And yes, it's not that hard for someone to do as I found out after my dad's girlfriend had been draining his account of 20,000 a day until he died and then, even though I had his bank book, ATM card and passport, was able to get a new bank book and continue draining his account for 2 weeks days after he died and even scooped a small interest payment that came in 6 weeks later ! I was out of the country working and didn't find out until I got back and by then she was long gone of course. When I asked at the bank how it was possible for her to do this all I got was a shrug and "not my problem" kind of look.)

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 convenience  only relationships break down quickly when one party takes more than the other is willing to give, the question here is what was taken to set the simmering into a  boil over, 

 

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21 minutes ago, Kerryd said:

The "root" of the problem was that she apparently got ahold of his ATM card and emptied almost 500,000 baht from his account.

 

(And yes, it's not that hard for someone to do as I found out after my dad's girlfriend had been draining his account of 20,000 a day until he died and then, even though I had his bank book, ATM card and passport, was able to get a new bank book and continue draining his account for 2 weeks days after he died and even scooped a small interest payment that came in 6 weeks later ! I was out of the country working and didn't find out until I got back and by then she was long gone of course. When I asked at the bank how it was possible for her to do this all I got was a shrug and "not my problem" kind of look.)

Sorry, real bummer! banking here does get me a bit nervous, bankers seem not to accountable for mistakes or incompetence. I keep my real bulk of money back home in US.

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25 minutes ago, DM07 said:

His name in full, her name only half...of course!


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It's frustrating that the story posted seems to completely gloss over the allegation that either the girlfriend (or someone close to her) basically stole 480,000 baht of this guy's money.
I think it is too hard to pre judge this guy too much. Yeah sure he looks a complete fool on the surface, but when you look a little closer it could be that his life savings, or at least a good chunk thereof has been stolen from him. Now there is almost no recourse for him, he is too old to work & earn it back, and actually retrieving the money through the courts I'd guess would be an equally costly, stressful, and arduous venture for a man of his age, and knowing how the justice system operates here, a complete gamble at best.

I don't for a second condone arson or property destruction. But I can feel a degree of sympathy for a man who probably now feels he is at rock bottom. Some of the comments on the video TV had of this incident on their facebook page were disgusting. Kicking a man when he's down is as immoral as it gets imo. Remember, this could very well happen to any of us living here, and while the going is good it is very easy to lose sight of that fact, and be blinded by it.

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