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Police in the Isaan province Khon Kaen are seeking court approval to extend the detention of the sexual assault suspect, who allegedly beat and raped a Thai masseuse. The chief of the Muang Khon Kaen police station says officers want to detain the American for another 12 days due to concerns that the man might try to flee. 37 year old Robert Gordon faces charges for allegedly sexually abusing and raping a 45 year old woman at a massage shop last week. She was found bloody and naked on the floor. The same day, he allegedly molested a 13 year […]

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Given the plethora of evidence??....It should be a quick application. He confessed! What are going to do? Let him out on his own recognisance??  

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Perhaps a technicality that is carefully being covered? He was arrested and then transferred to Khon Kaen by a different provincial police jurisdiction. What is confusing is that if he has confessed then surely  criminal "charges" would obviate the need for an extension of "detainment"? If there are some "negotiations" going on that eventually sees this p0s avoid appropriate justice then what hope for any genuinosity in proclaimed intent of/for RTP reforms?

 

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38 minutes ago, Convert54 said:

Perhaps a technicality that is carefully being covered? He was arrested and then transferred to Khon Kaen by a different provincial police jurisdiction. What is confusing is that if he has confessed then surely  criminal "charges" would obviate the need for an extension of "detainment"? If there are some "negotiations" going on that eventually sees this p0s avoid appropriate justice then what hope for any genuinosity in proclaimed intent of/for RTP reforms?

That's the system here - a confession on it's own is seldom adequate, which makes sense even if, like everything else, it's open to abuse.

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5 hours ago, Jason said:

Given the plethora of evidence??....It should be a quick application. He confessed! What are going to do? Let him out on his own recognisance??  

they have his ATM card and PIN number so he can go now. 

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8 hours ago, Jason said:

Given the plethora of evidence??....It should be a quick application. He confessed! What are going to do? Let him out on his own recognisance??  

Maybe "locked up"  in an SAH+ Hotel, front desk will check on him via line app twice per day. If he's got cash, he can choose a hotel in Dubai.

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"Gordon’s re-enactment of the alleged assault, which is a standard practice in Thai law enforcement and usually open to the public, was cancelled at Gordon’s request after he said he feared for his safety." So the drugs must have worn off by that time, yes? Able to fear for HIS safety, but at the time of the crime didn't give a fig about the health and safety of the masseuse he bashed and raped, or the trauma he visited on a child he was trying to abduct - for whatever purpose... use your imagination.

As the son observes, if it had been a Thai, he would have been MADE to re-enact, so why the difference? Afraid of upsetting some Yank dollars? I also believe he would be a flight risk and if I was a family member, I would be insisting quite volubly that he remains in the slammer until appearing in court to face trial. It isn't as if he is innocent, he is guilty as sin, and if you want to make allowances, take the 'time served' into account on his 20 year sentence when found guilty.

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