The company that owns the famous abandoned Sathorn Unique skyscraper, aka the “Ghost Tower,” filed a police complaint against star freerunners “Team Farang” for trespassing on the property to shoot a pakor video in April.
A snapshot of the police complaint dated April 22 against two professional freerunners, Jason Paul and Shaun Wood, spread online on Pantip yesterday under the thread “Read this before you enter Sathorn Unique,”as a gentle reminder to the public that entering the property is forbidden.
The police report was filed by Sathorn Unique Co. Ltd., five days after Team Farang’s video, “Freerunning in Bangkok’s Ghost Tower,” was released
The snapshot was said to be taken by Pansit Torsuwan, son of the famous architect Rangsan Torsuwan who owns Sathorn Unique tower.
“The building is forbidden,” Pansit wrote on Facebook Monday, “We have had farang prosecuted, and will pursue the same with more people. We have fired many security guards. The latest one was fired last Monday.”
While the building is private property and has security guards, it is known among photographers that they can sneak in and pay a THB300 – 500 fee.
“Many people violated the right of others and did not think twice about it. This kind of case, the worst that can happen is the Criminal Court put them on probation. When I file a police complaint against them they only message me that they don’t know better,” Pansit wrote.
“I’ve had enough. I don’t want to prosecute the people I don’t even know, but I have to do it because there are frequent violations, and they even encourage others on the internet to do the same. I only file a report for trespassing,” he added.
Coconuts has contacted Team Farang for comments and we are awaiting their response.
Construction of the Sathorn Unique building was halted in 1997 during the tom yum kung economic crisis.
Prior to the halting of construction, Rangsan Torsuwan was arrested in 1992 for plotting to murder Pramarn Chansue, who was then the president of the Supreme Court Affairs. While the murder never took place, the case reportedly hurt his real estate company’s credibility.
The case was labelled as one of the strangest in Thailand. Police seized the gunman, who made a full confession, before he committed the crime. After a 17 year legal dispute, the court withdrew the case in 2010, three years after Pramarn died of an infected lung.
The architect never went to prison.
Rangsan, now 76, is known for designing Rajamangala Stadium, Amarin Plaza, Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, and the State Tower.