Italian woman charged after viral attack video
An Italian woman, nabbed on Sunday for attacking a Thai female stranger in Bangkok’s Khao San Road area on Saturday, claimed to be drunk and told police that the victim had a “negative attitude” towards her. The assault at a fast food restaurant at 3am on Saturday was captured on video and the clip went viral.
The assault at a fast food restaurant at 3am on Saturday was captured on video and the clip went viral.
Police arrested the suspect, Italy-based graphic designer Laura Karini Bollini Marchisio Della Predosa, 29, at a condominium in Suan Luang area on Sunday morning.
She claimed she was drunk and talking to her friends when the Thai woman showed some negative attitude towards her, leading to the assault. Predosa told police that she had previously visited Thailand many times. She most recently entered the Kingdom on July 17 and was scheduled to return to Italy on September 15.
Predosa was charged with assault and passed on to other police investigators for further legal action.
Earlier the victim’s friends had posted the video clip and claimed Chanasongkhram police initially refused to take the assault complaint from the group, even though they said their friend was suddenly attacked without obvious reason or previous dispute.
Chanasongkhram superintendent Pol Colonel Pitak Sutthikul responded to the online charges. He said a five-strong group of female friends of the victim had told police of the assault 15 minutes after it happened. Police brought the two women together to get both sides of the story, Pitak said. The slightly wounded victim said she didn’t want to press charges but demanded an apology.
Pitak said both women argued until the suspect broke into tears and apologised to the victim, and so police didn’t take up the case.
An hour later, the victim came back with a male friend who scolded police for not taking the complaint. Police asked her again if she wanted to press charges, but the victim shook her head, Pitak said.
After police checked the video clip in detail at 5am, they deemed the action deliberate and a criminal code violation, and so took up the case and sought both parties to gather testimony and evidence for prosecution, he said.