CHONBURI — A British national was arrested in the popular resort town of Pattaya this morning and accused of falsely telling police that he was robbed by three Thai teenagers.
Jaysukh Sudra, 48, filed a report to the Muang Pattaya Police Station early this morning claiming that three teenagers robbed him at knifepoint near Soi Pattaya 2, taking his watch, mobile phone, camera, and 20,000 baht before fleeing the scene.
Police later accompanied Mr. Jaysukh to Soi Pattaya 2 to investigate the crime scene. However, they said CCTV footage and eyewitnesses' testimonies did not indicate that Mr. Jaysukh was in the area when the alleged robbery took place.
Doubts about Mr. Jaysukh’s testimony led police to search his hotel room, where they said they found all of the “stolen” items.
They said Mr. Jaysukh eventually confessed that he filed a false robbery report in an attempt claim compensation money for his insured items.
The suspect has been charged with giving a false crime report to police, which carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison.
CLARIFICATION: Jaysukh claimed the incident and subsequent charges were fabricated by police. A judge later dismissed the charges against him and Jaysukh returned to England. This story reflected statements made by authorities at the time.
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