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Mother beaten to death by meth crazed son

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PHOTO: Police remove the body of 54 year old Sopee Punsombat, found murdered in her home - Chiang Rai Times
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A mother in the western province of Kanchana Buri was beaten to death by her own son who was deranged under the influence of crystal methamphetmine, or “ya ice.” 54 year old Sopee Punsombat was found murdered at her home on Saturday night

Police and a doctor were called to the home about half past midnight. When they entered the home, they found Sopee lying dead in a pool of blood in her bedroom. She had sustained serious head wounds, including a deep cut to the forehead, according to local media.

Area residents told police Sopee lived in the house with her son, 36 year old Anake Klueabsuwan. Neighbours say he is addicted to crystal meth and often beat his mother.

At about 10:30pm on Saturday, they heard loud noises of violence inside the house and Sopee screaming for help, so they called the police.

When police arrived, Anake, who appeared berserk on crystal meth, ran out of the house and tried to escape in a car. He was caught by police and neighbours.

Investigators believe the man knocked his mother’s head on the edge of the bed, causing her death. He faces charges of manslaughter and using a controlled substance. Police also questioned him on where he obtained his crystal meth.

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PHOTO: Crystal methampetamine, or “ya ice.” – Chiang Rai Times

Methamphetamine has become a pressing problem for Thailand. Crystal meth in particular has become a major scourge, according to the Office of the Narcotics Control Board. In the past three years Thailand has seen widespread and growing abuse of meth pills and crystal meth.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Chon Buri sugarcane vendor dragged behind motorbike after thief steals his phone

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An elderly sugarcane vendor in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip district sufferered multiple injuries when a potential customer stole his phone and tried to speed off on his motorbike, leading the vendor to grab onto the bike in a desperate attempt to to get it phone back.

63 year old Chaiyapat Warawan says a young Thai man about 20 years old pulled up to his stall on a grey and black Honda motorbike at about 10am on Saturday, saying he wanted to buy some sugar cane. But he said he needed to make a call to figure out how much his mother needed, and asked to borrow a phone.

Warawan lent his phone to the man who then attempted to speed away on his motorbike. Warawan grabbed onto the back of the bike and was dragged for over twenty metres down the road, yelling for his phone back. The thief threw the phone onto the side of the road and sped off. Warawan let go once he saw his phone was safe.

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PHOTO: The injuries suffered by Warawan – The Pattaya News

The entire incident was caught on CCTV. Police say they have identified the suspect and were working toward an arrest as of yesterday afternoon.

Warawan is recovering from his injuries but is happy to have his phone back and says he would do it again in a heartbeat, regardless of his age.

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PHOTO: – The Pattaya News

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Man claims he was attacked and robbed by “foreigners”

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PHOTO: Twenty-four year old Theerapat Saen-in seen in hospital - Chiang Rai Times

A student in Chiang Mai says he was mugged by “foreigners from Europe.” Twenty-four year old Theerapat Saen-in posted his alleged ordeal on Thai social media earlier this week.

According to his post he was taking photographs at a view point on Doi Suthep when he was approached by “farangs.” He says they bashed him on the head with a piece of wood before being attacking him further.

Saen-in then allegedly fled into the woods, fearing the foreigners might chase him and continue their attack. In the process, he claims, he fell down an embankment, knocking himself unconscious.

When he regained consciousness he returned to the scene to find his camera equipment missing. His tripod, backpack and money had all been taken, local media reported.

He says he got help from other tourists in the area and was eventually taken to hospital in Chiang Mai. Doctors cared for his injuries, including six deep wounds to his head. Doctors said the head wounds were consistent with an attack with a solid object and confirmed to police that, based on the wounds, the man was assaulted.

Saen-in asks for cooperation from the public, especially in the event they notise anyone trying to sell or pawn camera equipment. He has also asked anyone with information to please contact police.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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2 more suspects arrested in “wombs-for-hire” scandal

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PHOTO: Surrogacy was banned in Thailand in 2015 after revelations of abuses - AP

Officers of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division (ATHD) of the Royal Thai Police have arrested two more suspects in an illegal transnational commercial surrogacy ring, police said yesterday. 43 year old Kulisara Pomdet was arrested in Chanthaburi and 60 year old Jakkarat Kittiwanichkul in Chiang Mai on Friday night.

Police say the two were hired as brokers to lure Thai women to work as surrogate mothers. Jakkarat can speaks the languages of neighbouring countries and served as a translator for Kulisara during trips to those countries. A police source says the pair travelled between Thailand and Cambodia more than 100 times over the past two years.

On Thursday nine suspects, seven Thais and two Chinese, were arrested in joint raids in Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Sukhothai. They face charges of colluding in transnational criminal activities and engaging in commercial surrogacy, illegal under Thai law. The raids came after police found a gang of Chinese nationals was hiring Thai women as surrogate mothers.

The illegal surrogacy operation is believed to have started in 2012. At least 100 women across the country were hired as surrogate mothers, according to police. The surrogate mothers travelled to neighbouring countries for “assisted reproductive treatment” and returned to Thailand where they stayed until delivery. In some cases, they were sent to China, where they stayed until giving birth.

The deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau says the probe followed a tip-off from the Department of Health Service Support. Investigators questioned women in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, who were hired as surrogates. They found that at least 15 babies born from assisted reproductive technologies were included in their household registrations,and that at least 50 babies from surrogate mothers had been taken out of the country. Assets seized from the nine include 16 vehicles with a combined value of 15 million baht, a house, and a Bangkok company worth about 20 million baht.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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