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An expat living in Thailand accused of punching a police officer in Phuket is expected to appear in court on Thursday March 18th, a report says.
The Italian expatriate also faces a drug charge and could be deported if he is found guilty.
Thai newspaper Phuketwan reports that the 35-year-old man, named Luca Grimaldi, was seen behaving suspiciously in the Phanason Villa estate and punched a plain-clothes policeman when he was questioned, Tungtong police Colonel Chana Sutthimas said.
The expat admitted he had been smoking marijuana and was fined 1,000 baht for the assault on the officer.
He is due to come to court tomorrow on the more serious drug charge.
Phuketwan said that immigration staff in Phuket City were hesitating over cancelling Mr Grimaldi’s visa as he had a Thai wife and child.
Penalties in Thailand for using, dealing or possessing drugs can be severe. Lengthy jail sentences and deportation are used as deterrents to cut down on drug use.
Those who are thinking of moving to Thailand could consider taking out expatriate healthcare insurance to reduce the risk of facing high costs for medical treatment. Private hospitals in the country usually require confirmation of insurance before proceeding with treatment.
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