The video drew massive criticism on social media, where many expressed their disgust and urged the police to take action. The Koh Samui police commander said they checked with nearby hotels and were convinced the man in Monday’s incident was a Spaniard who had just checked into the Grand Sea View Hotel at midnight the night before.
Arnau was finally arrested at the hotel. According to him, he just met the woman, who he said was Russian on Sunday night. They drank until morning before going to the beach. Police are still looking for the woman.
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The Spaniard was fined 500 baht for public obscenity and made to apologise.
“I am so sorry for everybody in Thailand,” he said, making a wai gesture, to a reporter who followed him out of the police station. “I know it’s not good, but I drank too much.”
“Kho tod kab,” Arnau repeated as instructed by a reporter to say. “ I respect you. I like you. I love you. Sorry for this”