Rapist monk finally nabbed after 15 years


A Thai man who raped his ex wife then joined the monkhood has finally been arrested at the other end of the country to where he committed the crime. 

Fifteen years ago a warrant was issued for the arrest of Wirasak “Kung” Khiannaree now 44. 

Back in July 2004 in Roi-Et he grabbed his ex wife and imprisoned her and forced her into sex. He was jealous she had a new man. 

The victim went to the police but the perpetrator fled. 

On Monday the now “Phra Wirasak” was found in a temple in Songkhla in southern Thailand and taken into custody. 

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Group of Indians and Ethiopians deemed not genuine tourists – denied entry by immigration


Immigration police at Suvarnabhumi airport denied entry to 12 Indians and 3 Ethiopians trying to get into the country on Monday.

They were clearly not tourists and threatened the kingdom with losses and potential damage to society, reported Naew Na. 

They were found to have neither money nor insurance contravening a swathe of immigration regulations.

They were all denied entry and sent back to their home countries. 

It’s not clear why this particular incident was reported by Thai media.

It’s not uncommon for an immigration official to deny entry to someone who they believe is not a genuine tourist.

If an immigration official suspects someone may not be a genuine tourist they will often ask them to show they have enough funds to support their stay in Thailand, as well asking for proof of a hotel booking and onward travel.

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Second hand car dealers who ripped off 52 people arrested after 5 years on the run


Police in Chiang Mai announced they had finally arrested a married couple involved in swindling 52 people.

Anucha “Teng” Dorkmaingam, 55, and his wife Warawee or Suthicha Suphan, 39, were arrested at a Chiang Mai restaurant. 

They had been on the run for five years after they ripped off people in a scam connected to the selling of second hand cars at their “S. Suthicha” dealership in Tha Phor sub-district of the northern Thai city. 

They blamed the economy and – appropriately enough – being unable to keep up with their instalments. 

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Parts of Thailand facing their worst drought in 50 years


Sanook reported that farmers in some parts of the north and north east of Thailand were facing their worst drought in living memory. 

Particularly bad with rivers and reservoirs 10% below the levels of the same time last year is the area of Lamphun in the far north. 

Farmers are being urged to collect rainwater over the next two months because there won’t be enough to go round from the usual sources.

Areas of Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima are also facing the worst drought in 50 years. 

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Thai doctor reveals how he saved man’s hand ripped apart in liquidizer


A Thai doctor went on Facebook to relate how he had saved a man’s left hand after he caught it in a liquidizer. 

Pictures and X-rays after the accident showed a hand chopped to pieces with fingers and bits of the palm mangled and detached. 

But Dr Wichit Siritattamrong worked for ten hours to make it look almost as good as new. 

The patient initially complained about only having half his index finger. 

The doctor explained that cutting it was essential in order to be able to save the complete hand due to blood flow difficulties.

After hearing this explanation the patient was satisfied and praised the doctor for his amazing “handiwork”.  

The operation was performed at the Chularat 3 Inter hospital in Bang Plee south east of Bangkok.

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“They must have gone to the temples instead!” – Pattaya as dead as a dodo in the holidays


Sophon Cable TV were down at Jomtien beach yesterday wondering where all the tourists went. 

There was a two day holiday but virtually no tourists – certainly nothing like last years Buddhist holiday double header. 

As local shops and pubs went dry due to an alcohol ban deckchair vendor Pongsak Uapongkarun suggested a reason for the lack of visitors:

“It looks like they have gone to the temples and places where there are religious festivals. The families are certainly not coming to the beach. It’s 50% down on last year”. 

He also took aim at the world economy for taking away his livelihood. 

Speedboat operator Uthit Attasaengsee painted an even greater picture of gloom. No one was taking recreational trips on his boat and business was down 80% year on year he reckoned. 

He called on someone, somewhere to do something about it. 

No one suggested who that might be. 

Thai Visa /  Sophon Cable TV

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Thailand’s online drugs boom! Parcel companies need to do more


A former drugs suppression policeman and other police told Daily News that there has been a great rise in narcotics being advertised in online groups then delivered in the mail. 

Pol Col Samran Nuanma told the media that parcel delivery firms should be doing more to inspect and question what they are delivering to customers. 

There have been several cases recently of people getting into trouble for receiving parcels that contain drugs. 

The post office has issued extensive guidance for people to avoid falling victim. 

Pol Col Niwat Phunguthaisri said that the landscape of drug dealing had changed since the rise of modern technology since 2007 with smart phone and app usage. 

Whereas before stings with dealers would be conducted on the streets, drug authorities now face an entirely different battle between dealer and customer. 

Neither is likely to know each other and enforcement has had to change. 

Daily News said in their headline that online drug dealing was now booming in Thailand. 

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Surat Thani immigration arrest German and four Indians on overstay


Thai immigration police continued their hunt for foreigners on overstay in the kingdom at the weekend. 

Naew Na reported that Surat Thani immigration arrested Renner Steffen, 44, outside a convenience store in Talat, Muang district on Sunday. 

He had overstayed but the media did not say how long. 

In another bust at a house in Kroot sub-district of Kanchanadit district four Indians in their twenties were arrested on overstay of varying duration. 

They were named as Anshu Man, 26, (67 days overstay), Virendra, 22, (67 days), Balendra Kumar, 29, (85 days) and Shambu, 27, (82 days). 

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Biometrics system yielding results, says Immigration chief


The word “biometrics” was being bandied about everywhere yesterday when acting immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang hosted a press conference. 

He said that the new system – that just came online at Thai airports and other immigration points – was helping stop people on fake passports and those wanted on other notices. 

Daily News listed the following cases, some of which have already featured on Thaivisa. 

1. Mr Soe, 47, from Myanmar was arrested on the 24th of May with a fake Malaysian passport on his way to Manila.

2. Mr Akouani, 21, and Miss Fofana, 22, from the Ivory Coast were stopped on June 10th using fake Mauritius passports to check in at the Lufthansa desk on their way to work in Frankfurt. 

In this case biometrics technology was unable to read a microchip. The arrested couple said they had paid 200 Euros for each of the fake passports.

3. Mr Amith, 41, from India was stopped using a fake Singaporean passport to fly Air China to Canada. Biometrics helped again.

He said he had paid a Nepail called Baba $1,000 for the passport. 

4. Liang Jerm Bo, 32, (of unknown nationality) was stopped on July 14th and found to have a counterfeit bio-data page in his passport. He was coming into Thailand at the time. 

He said that he had paid a Taiwanese man $20,000 (or around 600,000 baht) to help him get into Thailand from Taiwan.

5. Miss Li, a forty year old Chinese woman, was stopped at Phuket airport outbound on Friday when she was found – using the biometrics technology – to be on a red notice. She had been mentioned as a person wanted in China for fraud involving 100 million Yuan. 

Daily News repeated requests from immigration to report illegal foreigners on the 1178 hotline or through the immigration website. 

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Warning issued as dengue fever deaths on the rise in Thailand


A leading doctor has spoken to the Thai press about the symptoms of dengue fever and has admitted that the disease has resulted in a 60% rise in deaths this year. 

Since January 1st 62 people have died from dengue in Thailand. 

One high profile case recently was the death of a M6 (last year of secondary) student called Hatthaya Hongcharee, 19, in Kalasin. 

Kukkai was a good student, reported Daily News. 

Dr Chatthima Saowaphak of Rama 9 hospital in Bangkok said that dengue has three separate stages with the period of 24-48 hours being when patients can enter shock and die. 

First symptoms will likely be a sudden high fever of 38.5C. Patients will be off their food and likely to suffer from stomach aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Other symptoms are nausea, joint and muscle pain.

If shock occurs thereafter patients can enter a downward spiral resulting in death within a day. The crisis period is 24 to 48 hours after infection.

The third stage features rash and a gradual return of appetite. This occurs two to five days after the onset of fever. 

Maintaining cleanliness in areas around houses is a good way to offset the problem of dengue and other mosquito borne diseases like the Zika virus that comes from daytime mosquitoes.

People have been advised to seek urgent medical treatment if they suspect they are suffering from dengue.

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