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Newsline: Thai paralysed after collision with Australian embassy staffer

A member of the defence section at the Australian embassy in Thailand who allegedly crashed his motorbike into a Thai man and left him permanently paralysed has offered just $400 in compensation, according to the injured man’s family. In the June 14 accident, an Australian warrant officer riding an unregistered superbike collided with 62-year-old Suchart Rotkaew, according to an official police report into the incident. The police report, seen by AAP, said the collision occurred in central Bangkok when the superbike struck Mr Suchart’s bicycle. Both parties were injured and unable to make statements. They were taken to hospital, the police report says. The warrant officer cited the Australian embassy in Bangkok as his address in a claim for diplomatic immunity attached to the report. A longstanding restriction on Australian military personnel in Thailand riding motorcycles was recently lifted despite Thailand’s high record of motorbike accidents.



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