UPDATE: Phuket Motorbike Taxi Rider Arrested After Allegedly Sexually Assaulting German Tourist

Phuket –

An 18-year-old motorbike taxi rider was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a German tourist in Phuket.

Our Previous story:

According to the tourist, along the way the taxi rider asked the German tourist’s name before suddenly kissing her cheek without warning. He also allegedly touched her genitals and took her hand to touch his own genitals.

Now for the update:

The Phuket City Police told the Phuket Express on Monday (February 26th) that they had arrested Mr. Pongpat Klaithonglam, 18, from Nakhon Si Thammarat. He was arrested at a rental room in Soi Surin 2 in Talad Yai sub-district, Phuket Town.

Pongpat has denied the accusation put forward by the German tourist to police. He said he did not sexually assault her. However, CCTV footage allegedly shows evidence of the incident while they were on a motorbike said Phuket police.

The German tourist was crying when she identified Pongpat to the police as the taxi motorbike rider who allegedly sexually assaulted her. She said she didn’t want to see his face as she is still in shock about the incident.

The Phuket City Police told the Phuket Express that they are collecting more evidence to press charges upon Pongpat for indecency and sexual assault.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.