Thai rickshaw drivers detained for assaulting foreign tourist

By Hoang Phong   October 11, 2023 | 03:29 pm PT
Thai rickshaw drivers detained for assaulting foreign tourist
A tuk-tuk motorized rickshaw driver waits for his passenger in front of a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Reuters
Police in Thailand have arrested three motorized rickshaw (tuk-tuk) drivers for allegedly physically attacking a Saudi Arabian tourist outside a Phuket hotel last Sunday.

The incident came to light after a video was posted on social media showing a group of drivers attacking the Saudi tourist at the Amata Hotel in the Patong neighborhood of the popular beach resort island of Phuket, the Bangkok Post reported.

Based on security cameras, police tracked down the three suspects, aged between 26-29.

On Sunday, one of three suspects carried the tourist from Soi Saen Sabai to 7Q Patong Beach Hotel on a motorized rickshaw, known as tuk-tuk in Thailand, with the agreed fare of 200 baht (US$5.49).

One driver told the police the tourist changed his destination when he arrived at 7Q Hotel Patong, saying it was not his hotel and asking to be taken to another, Thaiger reported. The fare then would be 400 baht but the passenger only paid 300 baht, the driver said.

A quarrel ensued and the driver then called two other colleagues to attack the tourist.

The three drivers admitted to assaulting the foreigner. Police said their driving licenses would be revoked.

Under Thailand's Criminal Law, the drivers face six months to 10 years in prison and a fine of 10,000 to 200,000 baht for assaulting another person.

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