A 35-year-old monk in northern Thailand was defrocked and then charged after being caught in a love motel room with a young woman and some speed pills on Valentine’s Day.
Soldiers and local officials inspecting nightspots and hotels for misbehaviour, saw a saffron robe and a monk’s bag left in a Honda car parked outside a motel room in tambon Teng Sanam of Muang district.
They knocked on the room door. It was opened by a man with a shaven head and wearing saffron pants. There was a 19-year-old girl in the room with him.
A search discovered six methamphetamine pills and straws used for taking drugs in the bathroom, an official said.
The man, identified as Wutthichai Promma, 35, was found to be a monk at a temple in Muang district of this province.
The girl admitted she and the monk went to the love motel to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to take drugs.
The man was ejected from the monkhood. Urine tests found the pair tested positive for illicit drug use. They were handed over to Muang district police for legal action.
Thai media reported that Mr Wutthichai admitted he had sneaked away from the temple to meet the girl and celebrate Valentine’s Day, but said it was the first time.
She said she had met him via the phone, and arranged to celebrate the day of love with him for the first time at the motel.
-South China Morning Post