A 24-year-old ladyboy freelancer was arrested on Walking Street late Saturday night after allegedly harassing and hitting an Irish expat (or tourist?) over the head with a high-heeled shoe near Lucifer’s disco.
While the 55-year-old Irishman reportedly sustained a “deep” cut to his forehead and was sent to a local hospital for treatment, the ladyboy was charged with physical assault.
According to Khaosod English,
the 55-year-old Irish man said he was taking a stroll on Walking Street when a transgender woman approached him and offered sexual services. He reportedly declined the officer, but the woman put her arm around him and molested him.
Tourist police on Walking Street are quoted as saying:
The perpetrator did not stop nagging him, so he became angry and pushed her, causing her to fall to the ground. When the perpetrator regained her balance, she took off one of her high-heeled shoes and used it to hit the victim’s head.
Only a couple of weeks ago, another ladyboy was arrested on Walking Street for hitting a Polish woman over her head with a high-heeled shoe. The victim had reportedly been arguing with the katoey after he/she approached her husband and offered him sexual services.
A 52-year-old Swedish tourist managed to apprehend a Thai man late Friday night who had stolen his bag from Pattaya beach as he was swimming in the sea opposite the Montien Hotel late Friday night. The thief later told police he needed some money to “pay his rent and purchase some drugs”.
The Swedish national, named as Mohammad Reed Rezai, had reportedly taken his 32-year-old Thai girlfriend for a late-night swim and left his bag, containing 240 Baht and a Samsung smartphone, on the beach.
Pattaya One reports:
As they were in the water, a Thai man was seen walking around their bag and eventually he took the bag and ran towards Soi 7.
Mr. Rezai gave chase but lost the man so he decided to make his way to Pattaya Police Station to report the crime and as he walked back to his hotel after making the report, by chance, he spotted the suspect and managed to detain him near Tops Supermarket at the Central Pattaya intersection with Pattaya Second Road.
The Thai Baht extended its weekly decline to 1.2% on Thursday – the biggest weekly loss since December 2013.
The sharp drop came a day after the Bank of Thailand (BOT) unexpectedly cut its policy rate for a second straight session by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.5% to weaken the value of the Baht and support the sluggish economy. The benchmark SET index initially fell as much as 1.2% on Wednesday.
Just hours before the central bank’s surprising move – it had cut its benchmark interest rate in March only -, the Finance Ministry reduced its GDP growth forecast for this year to 3.7% from an earlier estimate of 3.9% on a slump in exports and domestic consumption. The ministry also cut the 2015 export growth forecast to 0.2% from 1.4%.
Thailand’s economy expanded at its weakest pace in three years in 2014 and has been struggling to recover, with exports falling for a third consecutive month in March and consumer confidence dropping to a nine-month low.