A NORWEGIAN man who fell in love with a Cambodian woman at Bang Saray beach three years ago and sent her 200,000 baht in cash to prepare for a wedding found out upon coming flying here that she is already involved with another man so reported her to police, Sanook.com said today (Jan. 9).
Mr. Kyrie Vigdahe, 55, (name translated as written in Thai) asked Mr. Wynn Chainet, a restaurant operator at Chonburi’s Bang Saray sub-district, to help him get in touch with Mr. Prateep Nakbangkerd, an attorney at the Legal Aid Centre in this province.
Once Prateep found out what had happened he took Vigdahe to file a complaint against the woman, Ms. Sreemom, 29, with Pol. Lt. Col. Samran Sukto, an inspector at Sattahip police station.
He told the police officer that he fell in love with Sreemom via Facebook and met her at Bang Saray beach in early 2019. As he was happy with her he told her he wanted to take her to Norway to marry him there.
However the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the wedding but he kept in touch with her via video calls.
Sreemom had asked him to transfer money to her to prepare marriage documents for submission to the Norwegian embassy which he did at US$1,000 a time totaling 200,000 baht.
However, when he came to Thailand a few days before last Christmas and contacted Sreemom to meet him at Bang Saray beach where they had first met, to his dismay she did not show up.
He then checked and found out that she was working as a cook’s assistant at a restaurant in Bang Saray and was in a deep relationship with another foreign man.
He asked her about her promise to marry him and the money he had transferred to her to prepare marriage documents but she refused to answer and evaded him.
Kyrie said he is very unhappy about being betrayed especially because he had bought a new car to use after getting married to her. He asked Sattahip police to prosecute her to the highest level possible.
Police look at a photocopy of Sreemom’s passport. The Thai headline says, “Crossed continents only to be betrayed.” Photo: Sanook