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Monk defrocked after drinking with woman on beach

A monk from a well-known temple in Hat Yai district was defrocked after driving a car in layman’s clothing to pick up a woman, and then drinking with her on a beach in Muang district at night.

Police searched his car and found his saffron robes and a pack of condoms in his bag.

Pol Col Akkarawut Thaneerat, chief of Hat Yai police, led a team of officers monitoring Phra Ratchaphol Inthasorn, a monk at Wat Khok Samankhun in Hat Yai district on Wednesday night, following a complaint that the monk had acted inappropriately. 

At around 9pm, police observed Phra Ratchaphol driving his car from the temple, picking up a young woman and then heading for Muang district.

The car later stopped at a convenience store, where the woman got out of the car to buy some alcoholic beverages.

The monk then drove along Chalathat beach road before parking opposite a restaurant. The two got out of the car and walked towards the beach, where they sat down and drank.

When the pair returned to the car, police asked for a search. The officers found saffron robes and a pack of condoms inside a bag in the car.

The police took Phra Ratchaphol back to Wat Khok Samankhun and informed the abbot of his conduct. He was then defrocked.

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