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Train 'thief' goes to court

Police yesterday presented a 19-year-old suspect, accused of stealing 10 mobile phones during a Bangkok-Narathiwat train trip on August 5, for an initial 12 days of detention at Ratchadapisek Criminal Court in Bangkok. Police were also looking for the man's alleged male accomplice, who is on the run.

Somnuek, or Osama Adam - who was arrested on August 16 - carried a Myanmar passport, which contradicted his claim of Pakistani nationality, Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) superintendent Pol Colonel Theeradech Thamsuthee said. With the suspect denying his reported confession after a re-enactment, Theeradech said it was his right to testify, but police were confident the evidence against him was solid, especially the cell-phones that police found on him reportedly belonging to the victims.

The man initially confessed, saying he acted alone and did not drug his victims into a stupor in the sleeping bunk car before stealing from them.

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