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Phuket Frenchman Jailed for ‘Rape’ of British Tinder Date

English teacher filed rape complaint 3 days after date

French national Elies Guenez, far left, is presented with a warrant as he is arrested in Phuket Tuesday.
French national Elies Guenez, far left, is presented with a warrant as he is arrested in Phuket Tuesday.

A Frenchman accused of doing more than swiping right on a British English teacher he met on Tinder was arrested Monday for allegedly raping her.

Paris-native Elies Guenez, 36, was taken into custody by Patong police in Chalong as tried to evade arrest following issuance of a warrant.

The 29-year-old victim filed a complaint with Patong police Sept. 11, three days after the alleged sexual assault.

The British woman told police she and Guenez had matched on the dating app on Sept. 7, chatted and agreed to meet the next day for a date at Surin Beach.

They spent the day together and the two went back to his hotel on Sirirat Road that evening.

She did not go to police that night nor the next morning. Guenez denied he raped the woman, saying their sex was consensual.

Police spotted Guenez’s Nissan Jook and he made a U-turn in an attempt to escape. Additional patrol units brought the car to a halt.

He was jailed and charged with rape pending further investigation.