Kiwis arrested in Thailand for 2-year-old unpaid restaurant bill

September 16, 2015 2:18 am

 Brian Russell Finn (L) and his son Luke (R) were arrested on arrival at Phuket Airport. Photo / Patong Police

Two Kiwis who have been accused of dining and running out on an
unpaid restaurant bill were arrested on arrival in the Thai holiday town
of Phuket.
The Phuket Gazette reports the father and son,
Brian Russell Finn, 54, and his son Luke, 24, were detained by
immigration officers at the airport on Monday night local time.
The Kathu Police investigator, Lieutenant Colonel Suthichai Tienpo, told the Phuket Gazette the pair were wanted on a warrant of arrest issued on November 27, 2013.
The
warrant claimed the pair had dined and dashed out on a 15,000 baht food
and beverage bill – almost $NZD660 – at the Blue Marine Resort and
Spa.
“Immigration flagged the pair on arrival, so it was easy
enough for us to come up and serve the arrest warrant,” Lt Col
Sutthichai told the local paper. “They skipped out on the bill and
managed to leave the country before we could take action.

Luckily, they returned to Phuket.”
Capt Yingyong Chuoykij of the Patong Police also told the paper that both sides preferred to negotiate than go to a court.
A
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson confirmed its
embassy in Bangkok provided consular advice to two New Zealanders
arrested in Phuket.
The spokesperson says both have now been released.

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