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Jake Bordes, who claims he was bashed at Chalong Police Station

American's Claim of Being Beaten at Phuket Police Station Rejected

Monday, November 7, 2011
PHUKET: Officials have dismissed a claim by an American man who says that he was beaten by six officers while being held at a Phuket police station.

The American was examined by a doctor at Vachira Hospital Phuket in Phuket City on Friday, 10 days after the alleged beating, but found to have no signs of obvious wounds.

Phuket Prison Commander Rapin Nichanon confirmed today that the American, Jake Bordes, had been escorted briefly from the jail to undergo a medical examination on Friday, at the request of the US Embassy.

Visitors to cells at Phuket Provincial Court, where Mr Bordes was held for a time after being transferred from Chalong Police Station, which oversees southern Phuket, were told by Mr Bordes that he had been handcuffed to a chair and beaten by six men.

''It was difficult to see in the gloom of the cell but Jake's face certainly appeared to have sustained damage and he said his bloodied pants were caused by damage to his lips,'' one visitor said later.

''He gave an animated and detailed account of the beating, and showed us his wrists. It was difficult to distinguish in the bad light between his tattoos and what could possibly have been damage to his wrists, caused by being knocked over in the chair while wearing handcuffs.''

Mr Bordes is also believed to have complained of headaches since the alleged beating.

He continues to deny being guilty of two knifepoint robberies of female tourists from Australia and Finland in the Phuket beach district of Karon before his arrest by local volunteer officers, who took him to Chalong Police Station.

Sources at the station have admitted Mr Bordes may have been handcuffed to a chair and left in the room with the volunteer officers for a time.

It is believed Mr Bordes's brother has flown to Phuket to help him. US privacy laws prohibit the American Embassy in Bangkok from providing information about the case.

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!0 days after....better late than never, or maybe not ?

Posted by Bjarne on November 7, 2011 13:02

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No comment!!!!

Posted by phuket madness on November 7, 2011 13:08

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Who cares but I find it hard to believe.
The guy is a germ and chose his own fate by committing crimes here.
No sympathy.

Posted by glen on November 7, 2011 14:34

Editor Comment:

The man says he is innocent and it would be wrong for readers and headline writers to assume that the accusations against him or made by him are true. Better to let a court decide - unless your preference is for a police state.

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IF he committed the crimes he is accused of then he got what he deserved, probably would have happened in the USA anyway, you are in their country now so you get what is dished out.

Posted by graeme on November 7, 2011 16:23

Editor Comment:

Only when he has been tried and sentenced or acquitted will we know if he ''got what he deserved.'' In Thailand, as a democracy, it's one law for all. Perhaps it's different where you come from, graeme.

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Isn't it the case that the assault against the Australian lady, was proven to be an attempted fraudulent insurance claim by her, and that the robbery never took place?

Posted by agogohome on November 7, 2011 17:10

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No. That was a separate case.

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I know he is innocent until proven guilty but this sounds like he might be trying for the classic evil thai police defence like the beer mat lady.
If he is found guilty and this claim of police brutality proves false then this should count against him in sentencing.

Posted by arthur on November 7, 2011 20:40

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I don't recall the beer mat case ever going to court, arthur, so there was never a ''classic evil thai police defence.'' And no, even if this claim is pursued, it would most likely be separate to the knifepoint robbery charges.

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They've got him banged to rights, IE all the gear they found under the seat on his motor bike which belonged to the victims. Not doing him self any favors here. a guilty plea will take a considerable time off your sentence

Posted by Nick on November 7, 2011 20:55

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Nick, I don't know where you come from but in some western countries, you will be surprised to learn, sometimes innocent people are framed. I am not suggesting it would happen in Thailand or in this case, but the legal system in democracies suggests that everyone keep an open mind about guilt or innocence. News sources that condemn people in headings before their guilt or innocence has been decided in court are never the best source of factual information.

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The "beer mat lady" Anise Smoel did go to court. The case was fast tracked, she was fined 1000 baht and the then-governor paid her fine and apologised to her, and she was allowed to fly home. She later tried to visit the US, but her tourist visa was rejected because of her conviction for the theft of the bar mat.

Posted by Russell on November 8, 2011 01:39

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Ms Smoel pleaded guilty, so there was no defence. We broke the news when she met the governor.
http://phuketwan.com/tourism/freed-aussie-mum-says-glad-11137/

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More silly comments back to readers eh Alan?

Police State? That has nothing to do with innocence until proven guilty.

The bar mat lady also came back to Australia and used the 'evil thai police' defense to Australians. I understand, not the same - but dont comment back like you understand facts when you dont.

Sad, sad old man.

Posted by Joel M on November 8, 2011 09:41

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You take yourself too seriously, Joel.
Fortunately, nobody else does.

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Sorry Ed the "evil thai police defence" was what she used in the Australian media to get the media and the politicians over here to defend her after her own stupidity got her into trouble.

It's basically a ploy to avoid trial by jury or court by putting your case in the accused's home media who then are too lazy to investigate your claims. At least that's how it works here [in Australia]. See Corby, Bali Nine and 14 year old drug boy in Bali for further examples.

Posted by arthur on November 10, 2011 00:32

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Sure, but that's just the Australian media. It's a ploy, as you say, not a defence.


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