Nong Khai student robbed of Bt50, found dead following day

A student in his first year at technical school was found dead in his boarding house bedroom on Monday, a day after he’d been robbed of Bt50 in cash.

There has been no speculation about a connection between the two incidents.

Muang Nong Khai police were called to Nong Khai Technical School at 5pm on Monday after the body of Poonyawat Jaikhong, 18, was discovered by a friend.

The friend had gone to check on Poonyawat after he failed to show up for classes.

A doctor estimated he’d been dead for about six hours.

The friend said Poonyawat had told him Sunday evening about being robbed by another teenager while riding his motorcycle to the boarding house from his family home in Fao Rai district.

Poonyawat said the robber had kicked him in the chest and neck and demanded money, and then sped away with Bt50.

The Nation 

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Myanmar man stabbed to death in Surat Thani

Surat Thani police have launched a manhunt for a Myanmar migrant who allegedly stabbed his compatriot to death and injured another friend in Muang district on Monday night.

Muang Surat Thani police station was informed of the killing at a rented house in Moo 4 village in Tambon Bang Koong at 8.40pm.

Police said Won, 35, was killed on the roadside about 200 metres from the house he rented with his alleged attacker, Dam, 39, and another unidentified Myanmar man.

Police said Dam allegedly stabbed Won and the other friend, who was injured and taken to Surat Thani Hospital, following a dispute.

The three rented the house and earned their living by collecting recyclable garbage for sale.

Dam fled the scene following the incident.

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British tourist forced to apologise after being caught trying to pull insurance scam on Koh Samui

A British tourist has been forced to apologise after being caught out in an insurance scam while holidaying in Koh Samui.

Adesanya Olamide Omolaja, 35, had told police how he was robbed at knife point by three men who stole his backpack.

Omolaja claimed the robbers escaped on motorbikes with his backpack, which he said contained an Apple MacBook.

He then filed an official police report in order to try and claim on his insurance.

However, after checking CCTV footage, police saw that when Omolaja had left his room in Bophut he did not have a backpack with him.

He was also with a woman, which contradicted his claim that he had been alone during the time of robbery.

Omolaja was then arrested on June 14 and admitted that his Apple MacBook had actually been lost back in London.

Details of Omolaja’s arrest were posted on the Surat Thani immigration website.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Omolaja said:

“As you have seen from the video that was what happened to me the other day. I guess the lesson here is that when you come over to Thailand, just be straight up with the police. Don’t lie.. again, I took bad advice and see where it landed me.’”

“Again, I’m sorry to Thai people for my misconduct. And if you come to Thailand try not to get yourself into this kind of problem, as I did. Don’t lie, just be honest with the police, because they will check, and you might get into a lot of trouble.”

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Girl, 5, dies in locked car left in sun for hours

A five-year-old girl died of suffocation in a car on Monday after being left in the locked vehicle for hours at her school in Khon Kaen.

A teacher picked up Kabinta Kehphuang from her home in the morning to take her to school because the kindergarten’s bus was out of order.

However, she forgot the child was in the car when she arrived at the school and locked her car. She only remembered the child was still in the vehicle when she returned to her car after classes finished at 4.30pm.

A post mortem by the district hospital found that the girl died of suffocation as the car was left in sunlight throughout the day with all the windows closed.

The female teacher, whose name was withheld, teaches at Ban Cham Phuthong Kindergarten in Moo 1 village in Tambon Huay Muang in Phupha Man district.

The district chief, Phayung Lekdee, said the teacher picked up the girl from her home but somehow forgot her when she reached the school.

The teacher was in shock, the district chief added.

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Australian promised sex tour with prostitutes on boat in Pattaya – drugs also involved

An Australian man has been arrested in Thailand who police say offered a sex tour in Pattaya.

They are also saying that Stephen Allan Carpenter, 49, is mixed up in smuggling cocaine into Australia in golf equipment.

He was arrested on a warrant for pimping at a house in Nong Yang Seua sub-district of Muak Lek, Saraburi at the weekend.

So far he has not responded to the claims saying that he does not understand the language being used. But he acknowledged that he was the person named in the Pattaya warrant.

Police say that in December of last year he posted a picture of a naked girl with a man on Facebook. On 31st December under the name of “AUSTHAI TOURS” he advertised a boat trip with women supplied in the sea off Pattaya.

Contact was made in a sting operation through Line. A bank account number was supplied and a fee of 38,000 baht was agreed.

The warrant citing charges of offering sex services was issued on June 14th after a deposit was made for half the money, 19,000 baht.

Police allege that Mr Carpenter was illegally running a tour company and is even on overstay. He is now in the custody of the Pattaya police.

Cops say they have clear evidence that with others he imported cocaine in golf club shafts and golf bags into Australia.

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First convict executed in Thailand in nine years

The department of corrections has announced that a murderer has been executed by lethal injection.

It is the first judicial killing in the country since 2009.

Theerasak Longji, 26, was convicted of robbing and killing a person with a knife in Trang, southern Thailand, in July 2012. The victim was stabbed 24 times.

A phone and bag were stolen in the callous robbery.

Pol Col Narat Sewatanan, director of the department, confirmed the execution.

The sentence was carried out on Monday between 3pm and 6pm.

Thai Rath said that the corrections department hope that the execution will act as a deterrent showing that the country is still prepared to use the ultimate sanction.

It is the seventh judicial killing by lethal injection in Thailand.

Some 325 execution have taken place in the country since the 1930s.

A total of 319 people were shot and six have died by lethal injection that was introduced after the last to die by firing squad in 2003.

Thai Visa / Sanook, Thai Rath

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47 percent of Thais believe no government can tackle corruption problem

Over 47 percent of Thai people believe that no government will ever be able to tackle corruption in the bureaucracy because it has been deeply entrenched in the Thai society and prevalent in all circles due to people’s wrong attitude toward the problem.

The not so encouraging findings is the result of a poll conducted by Suan Dusit Poll of Suan Dusit University in the wake of the exposure of several corruption cases in the past few weeks in the media.

32.54 percent of the respondents are not sure that the incumbent government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be able to tackle the graft problem as solving  it will take a long time.  However, 19.96 percent is optimistic and believe that the current government will be able to do it because it has the absolute power and, if it is really serious about the problem, it can succeed as evident in its achievement in tackling some corruption cases.

Of all the corruption scandals which have recently dominated media space, the poll shows that 42.03 percent of the respondents are interested in the corruption concerning student lunch programme; 40 percent in the temple fund embezzlement; 37 percent in the cheats of the fund for the destitute and 21.6 percent in the general corruption in the spending of budgets.

68.35 percent of the respondents believe the root cause of corruption stems from greed and selfishness of the corrupt officials and politicians; 28.42 percent believe the problem stems from monitoring loopholes and complicity of officials in committing corruption; 19.30 percent blame lax punishment and 17.11 percent blame temptations and wrong values about corruption.

Regarding on how to prevent corruption, 38.8 percent believe that instilling of honesty to the people coupled with legal amendment to increase penalties for corrupt practice can be helpful; 31.21 percent believe that tighter control and monitoring can help in fighting the problem.
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Two months after Hua Hin shark attack there is still no safety net

Thai media reported that a full two months after a Norwegian tourist was bitten by a shark at Sai Noi beach near Hua Hin there is still no safety net in place.

Werner Danielsen, 54, was bitten on the leg on April 15th in a story that made national news.

There was initially a flurry of activity and interest with signage and buoys appearing within days as the foreign victim was visited by dozens of well wishers in hospital.

The local authority agreed to pay half a million baht from council coffers for a net, reported New TV.

But now Wan Chatree of the department of marine and coastal resources Region 4 has had to admit that he has been unable to get his hands on the funds to buy the net.

And tourists in the area are still vulnerable to attack.

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All dead after Nakorn Pathom Hospital shooting

Sanook reported that the man who shot his pregnant wife and father in law in a waiting room at the Nakorn Pathom hospital has died.

Deputy director Dr Sunai Janchai said that medics had tried to save the life of Chaiyaporn but he died Sunday morning following brain surgery.

He had turned the gun on himself after shooting his wife Thanyamas and her father Samphan. His wife died first followed by her father.

It was earlier reported that he was aggrieved that he had not been informed of his wife’s pregnancy.

He was said to have been armed with a .357 revolved when he went into the hospital around 1.30 pm Friday.


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Tourists have brush with death as boat capsizes off Chumpon

Eleven tourists and two crew were plucked from the water after their boat hit rocks near Koh Talu in Chumporn.

The party had been on a snorkeling trip when the captain hit submerged rocks. He called for help as his boat – the Pornwaree – started taking on water.

Soon all 13 aboard, including a helper, donned life jackets and jumped into the Gulf.

But all were rescued successfully by the coastguard who arrived with a speedboat and other vessels.

The tourists had been visiting the Koh Ngam and Koh Talu area and were on their way back to harbor on Sunday afternoon when the accident occurred.

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