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StanChart robbery suspect looks 'relaxed', healthy at Thai detention centre: Officials

David James Roach, 27, is free to walk around in a confined area, watch television and has access to gym facilities, said Superintendent of Suan Plu Immigration Detention Centre Wallop Kangtaratip.

BANGKOK: The man suspected of robbing a Standard Chartered bank branch in Singapore - who is currently being held in Bangkok's Immigration Detention Centre - looks "relaxed" and has been taking his meals regularly, Thai officials at the centre told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (Jul 14).

Superintendent of Suan Plu Immigration Detention Centre Wallop Kangtaratip said 27-year-old David James Roach has been assessed by a doctor and has been described as healthy.

He is currently being detained in a first floor room that can accommodate up to 10 people.

According to the superintendent, Roach is free to walk around in a confined area, watch television and has access to gym facilities. The Canadian is also allowed to make long-distance calls, but the superintendent stopped short of saying if Roach has contacted his family.

"If his family wants to visit him, they are allowed to do so. He also can call his family, we have telephones here," said superintendent Wallop.

Roach allegedly robbed S$30,000 from the Standard Chartered bank branch in Holland Village on Jul 7. He fled to Bangkok on the same day but was arrested by Thai police on Jul 10 at Boxpackers Hostel in central Bangkok.

The Canadian's right to stay in Thailand has been revoked under the country's immigration law and he has been detained in Suan Plu Immigration Detention Centre.

Patrice Counsineau, the spokesperson for the Canadian embassy in Bangkok, told Channel NewsAsia the embassy was aware of the case and is providing assistance to Roach. He said that such assistance normally involves giving someone a list of lawyers to contact. However, neither Mr Counsineau nor staff at the detention centre could confirm if Roach has engaged any legal assistance.

Source: CNA/mz

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