Aussie arrested in Phuket


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The big story in Phuket at the moment is about Annice Smoel, a 36-year-old Aussie mum of three who was arrested for allegedly stealing a bar mat from the Aussie Bar in Patong.

She spent two nights in prison and has been released on bail while her passport is in the hands of the cops. The beer mats in question are supposedly worth A$60 and two of Smoel’s friends have since confessed to putting the mat in her bag as a prank.

When confronted by undercover police, Smoel allegedly ran away and had to be chased along the beach before being caught. This is the kicker, from AAP:

The owner of the Aussie Bar, Steve Wood, told Fairfax Radio Network that he believed Ms Smoel had been abusive toward the undercover police who had stopped her in the bar.

"When they talked to her all they wanted to do was chastise her, and they usually let you go, but she did a runner on them… the police had to chase her down the beach," Mr Wood said.

"When they took her back to the police station, she continued to abuse everyone at the police station including the chief of police and I think this is what the problem is.

The Aussie media is all over this, as Smoel is said to be “scared, helpless and alone”. It’s similar to the case of Simon Burrowes, who ended up arrested after being verbally abusive to Immigration officials.

If confronted by the police in Australia, would Smoel have ran away and then unleashed a verbal tirade against them? If confronted by officials in England, would Burrowes have reacted the way he did?

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2 thoughts on “Aussie arrested in Phuket

  1. burrowes had missed his flight without explanation and they laughed at him. I think you'd have to be brain dead not to rct that wy

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