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Thai media report “Irishman” on 4,000 day overstay – GoFundMe started to help him

Naew Na reported that Nakorn Ratchasima Immigration and the tourist police had arrested an Irishman at a restaurant in Soi Moo Ban Yamo 5, Ban Mai, Nakorn Ratchasima.

A check of the PIBICS system revealed that Samuel Caleb Birch was on an overstay of 4,192 days.

The media said that he had come into Thailand through Pedang Besar (on the Thai Malaysia border) on January 17th 2008 with permission to stay until 15th April 2008. 

A GoFundMe account has been started for Mr Birch by a friend called Annie Radford and news of this appeal has been circulating on expat sites in Thailand. 

Thaivisa understands that Mr Birch – who uses a different name on Facebook –  is from Taunton in Somerset and has two young children. He has a Thai wife.

Last night he was in contact with Thaivisa from his detention cell. He said that he was not a demon and was a good father who was just trying to help his family.

He said that he had been treated very well by the Thai authorities.

He said that things had gone off the rails when both his parents died this year. He promised more details today.

The Go Fund Me account had a target of 1000 pounds sterling and as of this morning the page indicated that four people had donated 260 pounds. 

Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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