Forensic tests underway to resolve Bt30m lottery dispute


Forensic tests are being conducted to identify the real winner of a Bt30-million contested lottery prize from the November 1 draw.

Police have also promised to ensure a transparent investigation amid concerns that officers might take sides with a teacher who claimed the winning tickets were his and received the backing of a local police chief.

“National Police Commissioner Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda has already made clear that the investigation must be fair and in line with the proper process,” deputy police spokesman Pol Colonel Krisana Pattanacharoen said on Tuesday.

He was speaking amid reports that the retired policeman, Pol Lieutenant Charoon Wimul, and his lawyers would call on the National Police Office for help.

Charoon is fighting allegations that he had not legitimately owned the winning lottery tickets.

The allegations were raised by teacher Preecha Kraikruan, who has produced a female lottery vendor as a witness that he was the actual buyer of the winning tickets. Preecha has been a regular customer of the vendor.

Preecha said he had lost the tickets after purchasing them.

Charoon and Preecha both live in Kanchanaburi, the province where the winning tickets were sold.

Krisana said Tuesday that if Charoon was uncomfortable having local police handle the investigation, it was possible that the National Police Office might assign the Provincial Police Region 7 to take over the case.

“But for now, forensic tests are already ongoing,” Krisana said.

Charoon has filed complaints with police against Preecha and the lottery vendor, accusing them of reporting false information to claim the lottery winnings.

Meanwhile, Buri Ram police on Tuesday announced that latent fingerprint tests had already given police crucial clues about the identity of the real winner of a Bt12-million lottery in August.

Nang Rong Police Station superintendent Pol Colonel Sompop Sangkornthong said tests had not found the latent fingerprints of Phansak Suachoomseang on four winning lottery tickets, which he had claimed were stolen from him after his purchase.

Phansak lodged a complaint with police about the theft on August 20 after learning of the lottery results in the August 16 draw.

The four winning lottery tickets are linked to Bt12-million prizes.

A couple who lives in Roi Et have already claimed the prizes.

“Latent fingerprint tests show the fingerprints of the couple on the tickets,” Sompop said.

He added that the couple had in fact cashed in six tickets for Bt18-million prizes.

The Nation 

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Suvarnabnumi Airport increases taxi numbers for high season


Suvarnabhumi Airport has registered 1,000 more taxi drivers to serve the arrival hall until early January, as the number of tourists has increased for the high season, the airport director said on Tuesday.

Sirote Duangrat said the airport had increased the number since November 22 and the extra drivers would be on standby to pick up arriving passengers from 5pm to 10pm.

He said the past month had seen the number of taxi trips from the increase from about 9,000 to 10,000 trips a day.

He said if officials noticed that the number of taxis became inadequate and passengers were waiting longer than 15 minutes, they would immediately bring in cabs from the departure terminal on the fourth floor to pick up arriving passengers.

The director said the airport provided shuttle buses to take arriving passengers to Mega Bang Na shopping mall and to BTS Bang Na station.

The airport has parking space for 5,000 vehicles across four parking lots. Another 455 vehicles can park outside near the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel. Sirote said the airport also provided parking space for 1,432 vehicles at long-term parking lots in Zone A and D and during the long holidays, and up to 718 vehicles would be exempted from parking fees if they parked in Zone C.

The airport also provides a shuttle bus between the Zone C parking lot and the passenger terminal every 15 minutes, the director added.

The Nation

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Video of Man Masturbating While Driving in Chiang Mai Goes Viral


A video of a man masturbating while driving a motorbike in Warorot Market has gone viral, sparking public disgust but no formal investigation…yet.

The video was posted on December 11 by Facebook user named Tanakorn Chamwong, along with a comment that warned people of people sexually exposing themselves before joking that his home must not have internet.

The video clearly shows a middle aged male driving his bike with one hand while self pleasuring himself with another hand.

UPDATE: Police have tracked down the man in the video and arrested him under indecent exposure charges. He was identified as 48 year old Buncha Nunti, an electrician from San Sai. He told police that he was drunk and saw a woman riding the songtaew and became aroused. He told police that he was just drunk and does not suffer from mental illness, despite this not being the first time he has masturbated on his bike after seeing a woman he likes. This is the first time he has been caught.

Police charged him with indecent exposure and Buncha was fined 500 baht and left off with a warning. Police did not charge him with drink driving despite the man admitting to driving drunk in his statement.

You can watch the video by clicking here.

Chiang Mai City Life

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Dashboard cameras proposed as Thailand claims worst traffic fatality ranking


As Thailand is unofficially acknowledged as having the highest fatality rate in road accidents worldwide, road safety advocates and police are backing a proposal that would see as many as 80 per cent of cars equipped with dashboard cameras and carrying “Photo in Car” stickers to discourage violations.

Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation secretary-general Dr Taejing Siripanich said Thailand last month ranked highest in per capita road fatalities on the World Atlas website. The previous top-ranked country, Libya, was not even in the top 30 because many deaths blamed on accidents had been re-evaluated to reflect violent deaths in that country’s civil war.

As a result, Thailand, previously ranked second, unofficially took the top spot with an estimated road accident death rate of 36.2 per 100,000, but the World Health Organisation has not yet announced formal statistics, he said. After Thailand on the list are Malawi (35), Liberia (33.7), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (33.2) and Tanzania (32.9).

Such finding were in line with his foundation’s studies, Taejing said, which showed that Thailand saw 22,000 deaths in road accidents in 2016, or approximately 50 to 60 cases per day, while 1 million people were wounded and sought hospital treatments each year, 60,000 of whom were permanently disabled.

“Various measures have been implemented in the past 20 years to boost road safety but they weren’t so successful because Thais know what actions break the law but do them anyway as they have become conceited after not getting caught,” Taejing said.

The cameras would help to discourage traffic violations as motorists would know that the chances of being caught on video were heightened, while footage could be posted on social media, leading to public condemnation that would be worse than legal punishment, he said.

“If all cars on Thai roads had cameras, traffic law violations would be greatly reduced,” he added.

Taejing said his foundation had proposed the measure to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who had agreed and issued instructions in May last year for the Finance Ministry to consider tax incentives for dashboard cameras and for Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam to implement the plan in the national road safety strategy.

However, there had not been any concrete action to date, he said.

Police’s Special Branch Bureau 3 commander Pol Maj-General Ekkarak Limsangkat said video and audio from dashboard cameras could also be used as evidence in court, which could incentivise installations so motorists would have a record to protect themselves in case of a conflict.

The application of technology could also help protect innocent people and punish wrongdoers because the culprits in many hit-and-run cases escaped justice after fleeing the scene, he said.

People would be dissuaded from breaking the law when all cars are equipped with cameras and carry the “Photo in Car” sticker, he added.

The comments were made during the 13th Thailand Road Safety Seminar held at Bangkok’s BITEC Bangna Exhibition Centre last week.

 The Nation

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Metropolitan police to enforce tougher law on motorbike drivers


Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) will enforce a tougher law on motorcycle drivers who will face vehicle confiscation if they are caught for not wearing crash helmets.

The impounded vehicles will be returned to drivers once they show up at the police stations with the helmets.

The police believed the measure, which will be fully enforced on Dec 25, will reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by motorcycle riders and pillion riders not wearing helmets.

Currently motorcycle drivers are just fined for not wearing crash helmet.

Under the new stricter measure to lower injuries and deaths from motorbikes, police will impound the motorbikes of drivers for a certain period in addition to fine if the driver and/or the pillion riders not wearing helmet.

The MPB will inform the public about the new measure between Dec 11-24 before enforcing it on Dec 25 onward.

Violators will have their vehicles impounded and released only when they return with the helmets and pay the maximum fine or 1,000 baht for the offence.

All 88 police stations and the traffic control units in the city have been placed on readiness to implement the new traffic measure.

Thai PBS

 

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Samui Green Market – Xmas edition!


Join us for this lovely afternoon of live music, pick up some great gifts for Xmas, raise a toast to some friends and support local caring people.
We welcome children to bring crafts/ goods/ anything they’d like to sell. If you know of any, please book a table for them with us!
We have asked our vendors to remember: NO PLASTIC BAGS/ PLASTIC STRAWS/ PLASTIC FOOD BOXES/ FOAM. 
This is a green market and YOU have the power to vote with your feet – ask vendors to use less plastic, don’t take a straw automatically, BRING YOUR OWN BASKET/ SHOPPING BAG.
Let’s be part of the solution instead of pointing fingers!
We look forward to having our old friends turn up for this great little regular Samui event.
Funds raised will hopefully cover the musicians, and we will donate towards Rohingya refugees. Please support us with your shopping power, and drop a donation in the box if you like.

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Chiang Mai’s rickshaws last of a dying breed


Sanook reported that the three wheeled pedal rickshaws of Chiang Mai will soon be history.

There used to be 1,000 pedaling about town but now only 40 are left and most of those are old men.

They said that particularly European visitors lamented the passing of a bygone age.

One man still working his rickshaw – also known as trishaws in other parts of Asia – is 63 year old Inkaew.

He said that the younger generation are not interested in taking up the profession and it is thus dying out.

He said that one of the drivers still working was aged 83.

They could charge 30-50 baht for short trips for locals from the market but the real money was in the tourist season when they could get 200 to 300 baht for a 30 minute tour of the city.

He said that he usually gets two of these a day that will give him up to 600 baht with tips.

He said that a rickshaw used to cost only 5-6,000 baht years ago – but nowadays one could set you back 40,000 baht.

Thaivisa notes that pedal rickshaws were banned in Bangkok as long ago as the 1960s when they were largely replaced with motorized tuk-tuks.

But they have lingered on in some country towns and municipalities in the provinces.

Sanook

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Domestic dispute on the highway as man says wife’s new lover tried to kill him


Police were called to a dead end soi in Chainat after locals were disturbed by a violent argument between the driver of a Mercedes Benz and the driver of a Toyota Camry.

Theerayut, 37, was yelling for help saying the Camry driver was trying to shoot him. Meanwhile his wife Yanika, 47, refused to get out of the Camry.

She just told cops that she was trying to get away from her husband, reported Sanook.

She was with Apichart, 38, her “friend” and the pair were apparently going to “make merit” together.

Theerayut told the cops that he lived in Samut Prakarn and she lived in Chainat because of business they had. He suspected she had a fancy man and his suspicions were confirmed when he saw her in the Camry.

So he chased them and cut in front of them on the Pahonyothin Road. Apichart tried to flee but was cornered in the soi in Muang district of Chainat.

Following the altercation they all went to the police station where Theerayut laid a charge against his love rival of threatening him with a gun and trying to kill him.

Police found a holster in the Camry…but no gun.

Sanook

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Advice for couples as divorce rate soars


More than a third the number of Thai couples who registered their marriage in 2016 got divorced the same year. Mental Health Department director general Squadron Leader Boonruang Triruangworawat said on Monday that 118,539 couples divorced last year.

The percentage of divorces among new marriages rose to 39 per cent from 27 per cent in 2006, he said, warning of the effect divorces can have on the mental health of the children affected.

Boonruang acknowledged that couples and families commonly endure pressure stemming from work-related stress and factors of social and economic status.

He encouraged spouses to communicate positively with one another in dealing with such factors and avoid using words “that will hurt feelings or cause your partner to lose their tempers”. Doing so “can turn a minor problem into a big deal”.

Spouses should, for example, avoid telling each other to shut up or to leave the house, and mustn’t blame recurring problems on each other, make accusations of infidelity, or accuse one another of being a long-term failure.

Boonruang also advised married people to avoid raising their voices and using coarse language with one another. “And don’t attack your partners’ relatives!”

He said a spouse should end an argument the moment he or she realises they’ve become angry.

“Take time to calm down and then start talking again to find a solution,” he said.

The Nation

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Both Parents Charged Over Line Group Toddler Rape


Police said Monday said they now have in custody a mother and stepfather accused of sexually assaulting their toddler and selling the footage to a Line group they’ve traced to Bangkok.

The unidentified stepfather was captured and charged Sunday after eluding police three days after the child’s mother was arrested. Both now stand charged with violating the Computer Crime Act, human trafficking and sexually assaulting a child. They allegedly uploaded at least three videos showing their rape of the 25-year-old woman’s 3-year-old son to a Line group that paid them 400 baht every time they did so.

“We arrested the stepfather yesterday,” Songpol Sangkasem of Phitsanulok police said Monday morning. “Both of them have been charged with the same three charges.”

Both parents are being held in the custody of the Phitsanulok Provincial Court.

No other members of the Line group, where people reportedly paid to be members and others were paid to post sex videos, have been identified yet, Songpol said, adding that police were “rushing” to find them.

Two potential suspects may be in Bangkok, however.

Songpol said investigators are tracing transactions in the mother’s bank account to find those involved in group. As of Monday, police were waiting for bank documents to confirm the identities of two female suspects in Bangkok so arrest warrants could be obtained.

All participants of the group are liable to face charges, he said. A woman who paid the parents for the clips, a Ratchaburi-based suspect named “Ae,” is still on the run.

Songpol said police are not identifying the arrested couple because it could identify the child, who is under the care of a psychologist at a provincial family shelter.

“The child is under protection by social services. They say he’s okay,” Songpol said. “I’m sorry I can’t tell you any more yet. It’s a secret investigation.”

Khaosod English

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