Pakistani denies stealing phones in train carriage

national August 18, 2014 01:00

By The Nation

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A SUSPECT accused of stealing several mobile phones during a train trip yesterday overturned his reported confession, after undergoing a re-enactment of his alleged crimes.

Speaking to reporters after the re-enactment at Hua Lamphong train station yesterday, Sunuek, or Osama Adam, 19, denied that he stole 10 mobile phones from their sleeping owners during a night train trip as reported in the media, saying he was praying on the train floor at the time of the crimes, while he had booked a ticket for an overhead sleeper bunk.

Bought four phones
The Pakistani national also claimed that he had bought the four mobile phones found in his possession after the alleged crimes from a market.
Adam was arrested a few days after the crimes took place on a night Bangkok-Narathiwat train on August 5. He initially confessed to his crimes but said he had acted alone and did not use chemicals to put his victims in a stupor in sleeping bunk car before stealing their mobile phones.
Police later led Adam to a rented house in Pathum Thani and searched it. Pol Lt-Colonel Sombat Malai said police were in the process of securing an arrest warrant for another suspect he did not identify. He said Adam had given confusing accounts about his crimes and refused to confirm that he acted alone, or with the help of other accomplices.

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