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Suspect arrested in Kanchanaburi sugar factory murder

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Police in the western Kanchanaburi province have arrested a man for the August 6 murder of a sugar factory repairman in Bo Phloy district. 50 year old Boonthad Lawa, an employee in the factory’s repair and maintenance section, was found dead in a room of the workers’ dormitory last Monday. The body had 6 knife wounds, was bloated and “emitting a foul odour” when it was found.

Police invited the victim’s relatives and close associates for questioning. In a search of his room and belongings, officers found that his strap bag, which contained cash and ATM cards, was missing. Further investigation indicated that the ATM cards had been used to withdraw about 100,000 baht from Boonthad’s accounts.

By examining ATM security footage, police learned that the person who withdrew the cash was 44 year old Apichart Phachan, a worker at the same sugar factory. Apichart was invited for questioning yesterday. Police say he initially denied involvement in the murder, but after being shown the ATM footage, he confessed. According to police, Apichart gave the following account:

He and Boonthad frequently met for drinking sessions, and he learned that Boonthad was a money lender. Late on the night of August 6 he went to Boonthad’s room with a knife and knocked on the door. When Boonthad opened the door, he stabbed him several times in the chest and slashed his throat. He grabbed Boonthad’s strap bag and returned to his room.

The bag contained 200 baht, a gold ring and 3 ATM cards with PIN numbers written on them. The next day, he drove a motorcycle to the banks and withdrew money before fleeing to his home village in tambon Tha Pha in Ratchaburi province. On the way, he burned the ATM cards and threw the knife into an irrigation canal.

This morning, Mr Apichart was brought to the workers’ living quarters for the routine reenactment of the crime.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Shane

    August 16, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    So if the ATM cards didn’t have the PIN numbers written on them, he would have murdered someone for 200 Baht and a ring.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Former National Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Vicha Mahakun, who led the recent inquiry into the handling of the case against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, says Thailand’s justice system is in need of reform. Red Bull heir and grandson of co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, “Boss” stood accused in a 2012 hit-and-run case that caused the death of a 47 year old Bangkok police officer who was hit by Boss’s Ferrari and dragged over 100 metres, before the car fled the scene.

Boss was never brought to justice and is believed to be living outside Thailand, having managed to flee the Kingdom in 2017. Despite various media outlets being able to photograph him living a jet-set lifestyle in London, Singapore, and Japan, Thai officials appeared unable to track him down. A “red notice” for his arrest mysteriously disappeared from the Interpol website. Finally, in July of this year, all charges against him were dropped by the then-deputy director of the Office of the Attorney General.

The resulting uproar from outraged Thais resulted in the PM ordering an independent investigation, led by Vicha. Having presented his findings to the PM earlier this month, the chairman of the investigating panel says the whole Boss fiasco proves that Thailand’s legal system needs to be reformed. He says the decision to drop all charges in the case clearly came about as a result of systemic corruption.

“Why was the case that should have been closed within a year delayed for 8 years? There’s a legal proverb ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. An attempt to delay it gives a clue.”

In addition to pointing the finger at prosecutors involved in the case, Vicha takes aim at the Royal Thai Police, saying reform there is long overdue. He adds that the Thai justice system is robust, claiming it is those working within it who are the problem. Vicha says Thailand’s ingrained culture of nepotism has affected not only the justice system, but has resulted in economic disparity, and says changes will be brought about by the young people now rebelling against the system.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Bride and groom shot in Nakhon Si Thammarat wedding

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Four people have been killed during a Nakhon Si Thammarat wedding reception in the Tham Phannara district. One other person was seriously injured in the hail of bullets. Local police report that the incident occurred around 11pm on the road outside the house where the reception was being held in the Dusit tambon village.

Two of the dead people were the recently married couple, 31 year old Aroon Phothavorn, and 24 year old Darawan Boonmeechai. Police report that the reception started early in the evening when the bride’s ex-boyfriend attended the event. It is not known if he was invited or not. As the evening progressed the groom and the ex-boyfriend started arguing, eventually ramping up into a full fistfight.

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Police are now speaking to the wedding party witnesses to determine what happened and who fired the guns.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Police arrest 13 illegal Cambodian migrants in Sa Kaeo border province

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Police have arrested 13 illegal Cambodian migrants in the Sa Kaeo border province after a patrol team spotted some of them at 2am in the morning. The Burapha Task Force spotted 5 of the migrants in Ban Nong Phai village of Ta Phraya sub district after stopping a grey Toyota Fortuner that was registered in Bangkok.

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Such a crackdown on illegal migrant arrests have come after Thailand has been trying to seal its bordersto prevent the spread of Covid after neighbouring countries, such as Myanmar, have seen a recent spike in cases. Just over 2 weeks ago, Thai authorities arrested 23 Cambodian migrants after they were found in a forest after allegedly crossing the border.

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