Man Caught after Climbing Into Monk’s Home in Banglamung

Nongprue, Banglamung-

A 49-year-old man, identified by police only as Mr. Tawatchai, was detained by local residents after unlawfully entering a monk’s residence at Sutthawart Temple. The incident occurred on Friday, May 17th, and was reported to the Nongprue Police at 11:30 PM.

Upon arrival, the police, along with reporters from The Pattaya News, discovered Mr. Tawatchai, who had already been apprehended by the local community and temple monks.

Mr. Tawatchai had reportedly scaled the temple fence and entered the abode of the head monk, Phra Maha Thaworn, while he was asleep. Tawatchai’s motorbike was found parked in the vicinity.

Mr. Tawatchai appeared to be in a state where he could not communicate effectively. When questioned by the police, he stated that he had broken into the monk’s house simply because he was bored.

A 23-year-old local, Mr. Setthapong, witnessed Mr. Tawatchai climbing the temple fence and subsequently entering the monk’s house. Mr. Setthapong promptly sought assistance from other locals to restrain Mr. Tawatchai and held him until the police arrived.

The Nongprue Police have confirmed that Mr. Tawatchai suffers from mental health issues and has previously received treatment at a local mental hospital. Following the incident, he was escorted back to his hometown in Rayong for further assistance.

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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.