A retired Irish businessman living in Thailand has had his savings stolen by two women who drugged and robbed him.
Jerry McCarthy (66), from Co Louth, woke up with a headache after befriending two women in a bar.
He signed a statement with Thai police saying he had taken them back to his home in Pattaya, which is 100 miles east of Bangkok.
This police statement suggested he may be the latest victim of two local women who smear themselves with a powerful drug.
But last night Mr McCarthy denied this, releasing a statement saying: "I refute it (the police statement) absolutely as it does not at all reflect what occurred that night."
Mr McCarthy, from Dundalk Street, Carlingford, a separated father of two, and a former manager of a plastics company, said: "The robbery arose after the non-alcoholic drink I was drinking in a bar was spiked with an illegal substance.
"Following the robbery I was interviewed by the police while still recovering from the illegal substances which was administered to me. A statement was presented to me to sign in Thai and not in English."
He lost €3,200, his laptop computer, and two mobile phones when he collapsed after he brought the women back to his home.
Police in Pattaya said that the chances of making an arrest were slim.
Police Colonel Kongrit Thamasatien said: "He also lost his passport and his credit cards. The cash was in his safe. The two women managed to escape with the entire safe and its contents. We believe a number of foreign tourists have been drugged recently by the same two women."
Last night Mr McCarthy said he wanted to clarify some issues with Thai police.
"I have contacted the Thai police with a view to amending my statement to reflect what actually happened and to clear my name."
Mr McCarthy, described by people in Carlingford as a "quiet man, who kept to himself", is a former captain of Greenore golf club.