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Phuket Katoey Accuses Swede of 150,000 Baht Housemate Heist

Phuket Katoey Accuses Swede of 150,000 Baht Housemate Heist

Friday, December 9, 2011
PHUKET: A Swedish man who shared a house with a katoey ladyboy is embroiled in a bitter dispute that has seen his passport seized and police called to press charges against him.

The katoey and the Swede shared the house in the central Phuket district of Kathu for six months until late last month, when the ladyboy - once a performer at Simon Cabaret in Patong - decided to go to visit her mother for a few days.

When the katoey returned from the Thai-Burma border province of Ranong to the Phuket house on December 3, she went to her bedroom and, she says, found many of her personal possessions missing.

Neighbors told her that she had arrived about 6pm but that the Swede had moved out with a large amount of luggage at 3pm.

The katoey went to police and told them that she had been robbed of about 150,000 baht in cash and jewellery.

Officers quickly traced the 27-year-old Swede, who comes from Tumba, to an apartment in Patak Road, southern Phuket, where they arrested him.

He was charged with theft. In a long interview with police this week, he told officers that he had been sharing a house with the katoey for six months.

''We were fighting all the time,'' he told police. ''There was no way I wanted to keep sharing a house on Phuket or anywhere with her.''

He said he was fed up with paying all the rent and all the bills while his katoey housemate paid nothing.

He also added that in one dispute she had taken his passport, and only handed it back after he paid her 30,000 baht.

As of late this week, the katoey was still claiming that she had been robbed of 150,000 baht and she wanted the money and jewellery back.

The Swedish man has been released without bail but police are holding his passport, and his visa expires on December 28. He has to report to police regularly.

Police are awaiting a decision from the Phuket Public Prosecutor as to whether they should pursue a case against the Swedish man.

The Swede, a frequent visitor to Thailand, maintains that there is no evidence that his former housemate ever had that amount of cash and jewellery in the house they once shared peacefully.

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Would this be a "reversal of fortune", in several senses of each word? A Mr Ree Question?

Posted by juswunderin on December 9, 2011 17:32

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He got what he deserved. Why would anyone in their right mind share a house with one of those creatures? Swedes, I mean. Hearing ABBA's "Dancing Queen" 10 times a day would be enough to drive any self-respecting katoey mad.

Posted by Hieronymous on December 9, 2011 19:03

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Ahhhh you beat me to it Jus! It does amuse me when the boot is on the other foot as it really confuses the nay sayers and Chicken Littles. I just hope thaigeezer presents this side of the coin but I doubt it. 55555

Posted by Mister Ree on December 9, 2011 19:04

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No problem, just have a chat with the famous investigator. He will negotiate a proper agreement and all will fine. Khun Boonsong will be happy to help. And don't try to return home, "Phuket Police need help from tourists".

What a joke >:-(

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on December 10, 2011 01:07

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Going on the comments, it seems we're not like to see the pairing of Mr Ree and Ms Fortune.

Posted by juswunderin on December 10, 2011 09:35


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