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Alleged Aussie perfume thieves out on bail in Phuket


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MAI KHAO, PHUKET: A young Australian couple accused of stealing three bottles of perfume from a duty-free shop at Phuket Airport have been released on bail, but must remain in Phuket while their court cases are heard.

 

Police identified the couple as 21-year-old Nathan Robert Hinds and his 16-year-old fiancée, whose name cannot be reported because she is a minor.

 

The couple were arrested by Tah Chat Chai Police on November 28 for allegedly shoplifting three bottles of perfume from the King Power duty-free shop in the departure lounge of Phuket International Airport.

 

The couple were awaiting their return flight to Australia after a 10-day holiday in Phuket when the alleged theft occurred. Their plans changed abruptly when the pair were arrested with the perfume, valued at 22,000 baht.

 

The cases of Mr Hinds and his betrothed will be forwarded to the Criminal and Juvenile Courts respectively, Tah Chat Chai Police say.

 

Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center director Sukhaporn Udomsin said the young Australian woman was turned over to her mother and an Australian diplomatic officials after depositing 30,000-baht bail last Monday morning.

 

A source at Phuket Provincial Court said Mr Hinds was released on 100,000 baht bail the following day. He will have his first court hearing this Friday.

 

How long the minor will have to stay in Phuket will be up to the Juvenile Court, which has yet to receive the case file from police, Ms Sukhaporn said.

 

King Power also has to be contacted to see whether they want to press charges, she said.

 

“It will be up to the prosecutors whether or not to press charges. I can’t tell how long they will be in Phuket, but normally cases involving foreigners don’t take too long,” Ms Sukhaporn said.

 

Tha Chat Chai Police duty officer Lt Col Sarit Bodnongsang said the couple are accused of conspiring to steal the perfume by slipping the bottles into each others' bags.

 

Because the alleged crime took place at night, they will face more serious penalties than for daylight shoplifting if convicted.

 

Both deny the charges, he said.

 

Their passports have been seized, Immigration has been informed and the pair will not be allowed to leave the province, he said.

 

With more than a week having passed since their arrest, it appears the case is not off to a swift start through the Thai criminal justice system, however.

 

Tha Chat Chai Police duty officer Sarit Bodnongsand told the Gazette today the case would stay with the police for the full two weeks allowable before it is forwarded to the courts.

 

Thus far the plight of the Aussie couple has failed to generate the kind of media attention back home as that of confessed beer mat thief Annice Smoel, a mother of four who walked out of the popular Aussie Bar in Patong with a beer mat in May this year.

 

After spending two nights in jail, Ms Smoel’s plight caused a media sensation in Australia and around the world after it was reported that she would face a long period of separation from her children over what she claimed was an innocent ‘prank’.

 

After the case hit the Australian and international media, Ms Smoel was subsequently released when she confessed to one charge of theft and was allowed to leave Thailand – about a month after her arrest.

 

Her fine of 1,000 baht was paid by Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop.

 

The case of Mr Hinds is also notable in that it involves a King Power duty-free shop.

 

There have been several allegations of a scam operating out of King Power shops at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. In what also became worldwide news reports, the shoppers, all tourists, were accused of shoplifting, then forced to ‘negotiate’ a settlement in order to catch their departing flights.

 

The British Embassy has warned its nationals transiting though Bangkok Airport not to move items around in the duty-free shops prior to paying for them as this could result in arrest and imprisonment, the BBC reported in July.

 

Thus far, no allegations of such scams at duty-free shops at Phuket Airport have been reported.

 

Brought by Phuket Gazette on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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"Because the alleged crime took place at night, they will face more serious penalties than for daylight shoplifting if convicted." WTF?

 

"The case of Mr Hinds is also notable in that it involves a King Power duty-free shop" SCAM!

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One thing I love about Thailand, is that we (as farangs) are instantly trusted for many things, we don't get followed around shops... I will hate it if it becomes like that here.

 

King Power have had alot of bashing over pursuing thieves, but they have clearly documented all reports here so far, I have no doubt they are also right in the above case.

 

Here is one of there case studies, there is links to two others also. This incident should be reported on here soon

 

They have provided evidence everytime and have proven they are correct.

 

http://www.kingpower.com/2009/popup/pop_case2.html

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"Because the alleged crime took place at night, they will face more serious penalties than for daylight shoplifting if convicted." WTF?

"The case of Mr Hinds is also notable in that it involves a King Power duty-free shop" SCAM!

I think that the fear of the Thai justice system stems not only from the stiff penalties involved but also from the fact that works in a way that is so different to our own.

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I think that the fear of the Thai justice system stems not only from the stiff penalties involved but also from the fact that works in a way that is so different to our own.

Apart from the penalties it might not be so different at all.

If they find a non-paid bottle of perfume in someones pocket or bag, then I would call it a theft, no matter if it's in Europe, OZ or LOS.

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Apart from the penalties it might not be so different at all.

If they find a non-paid bottle of perfume in someones pocket or bag, then I would call it a theft, no matter if it's in Europe, OZ or LOS.

My point was that most westerners wouldn't expect the fact that it happened at night to be a potential factor in the severity of their sentence. They'd also probably expect there to be a jury involved in the proceedings. There are so many things that westerners just assume regarding the system of justice. The realisation that things can be very different to home adds to the fear of getting involved in any legal proceedings, at least for the one's that know a bit about how it works there. More reason to not put yourself into that situation, of course.

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One thing I love about Thailand, is that we (as farangs) are instantly trusted for many things, we don't get followed around shops... I will hate it if it becomes like that here.

 

King Power have had alot of bashing over pursuing thieves, but they have clearly documented all reports here so far, I have no doubt they are also right in the above case.

 

Here is one of there case studies, there is links to two others also. This incident should be reported on here soon

 

They have provided evidence everytime and have proven they are correct.

 

http://www.kingpower.com/2009/popup/pop_case2.html

 

 

Great post and links

 

I get sick of some of the bleating that goes on e.g. stating a multinational corporation (King power) is scamming tourists????? Why would they

 

The links are excellent and show the tourists for the thieving lowlife scum they are

 

On the aussies.....a 21 year old with his 16 year old girlfriend.....yeah ok sounds like a couple of charmers

 

A lot of tourist from the west think they can get away with the crap they do back home and get a slap on the wrist. Stuff em, give them a couple of years in a thai gaol :)

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Simple if you can't do the time don't do the crime. If they committed the theft do they not understand that not all countries in the world have a soft cock justice system like Aussie

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I get sick of some of the bleating that goes on e.g. stating a multinational corporation (King power) is scamming tourists????? Why would they

At one point the PM ordered AOT to clean up Suvarnabhumi after there was a number of reports in foreign press of scams at the airport. I guess he was taking the accusations seriously. I think that it's is/was not the corporation doing it but the people they employ.

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well here's hoping that they have camera evidence so that it can be sorted one way or the other...

 

cant say i feel sorry for them if it turns out to be true....

 

this is Thailand after all....

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There's a nasty smell to all this so I can't it ending up a bed of roses.

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"Because the alleged crime took place at night, they will face more serious penalties than for daylight shoplifting if convicted." WTF?

 

Apparently that is the norm applied to house break ins as there is a higher chance of someone being home and confrontation happening. Sounds like it must also apply to any theft :001_Thank_You5:

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At one point the PM ordered AOT to clean up Suvarnabhumi after there was a number of reports in foreign press of scams at the airport. I guess he was taking the accusations seriously. I think that it's is/was not the corporation doing it but the people they employ.

 

Possibly but a more likely explanation would be that he was just doing a bit of PR

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'not all countries in the world have a soft cock justice system like Aussie'

 

Fantastic phrase - does that make it safe to pick the soap up in an Oz nick. Great stuff.

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'not all countries in the world have a soft cock justice system like Aussie'

 

Fantastic phrase - does that make it safe to pick the soap up in an Oz nick. Great stuff.

 

No mate there is more fags in Sydney than anywhere except maybe San Fran. I'd be leaving that soap if you are sexy man!

 

OT chances are the idiot's did it and they are really dumb to not try to bribe there way out fast but I guess they blew the last of there money and load before flying out.... though I'd be getting my mums credit card details on the phone fast and offer the locals some paid for pressies!

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