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Australian teacher shot by ex in Chiang Mai

Tanutam Thawan

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An Australian teacher, reportedly trying to get back together with his Thai girlfriend, has been shot in the stomach in the car park of a Chiang Mai apartment.

47 year old Jean Paul Bull, an English teacher at a well known Chiang Mai university, remains in hospital recovering from his injuries.

He had gone to invite his 39 year old girlfriend Suphasri out for Songkran. Chang Pheuak police were called to the car park of the apartment where they found the victim shot and Suphasri waiting with a 9mm gun in her hand. The bullet had exited the body of the victim.

Suphasri said that she had known the Australian for two years but after arguments they had split up. He had assaulted her, she said, and she had reported to police twice in recent months about alleged assaults as he tried to reunite with her against her wishes.

This time a serious fight broke out and she pulled out a gun and after firing two warning shots she shot him in the abdomen to defend herself, she told police.

She has been detained and police will be interviewing the Australian before deciding how to proceed in the case.

SUORCE: Daily News (translation)

- Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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15 year old dies in Chiang Mai boarding house fire

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PHOTO: Chiang Mai City Life

A 15 year old girl has died following a fire that engulfed the living areas of a Christian boarding school in Fang district, north of Chiang Mai city, this morning. Fang police were alerted at 1:30am about the fire at the Christian Paolo School that is run by the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand.

Ten fire engines were dispatched to tackle the fire that was raging through the two storey boarding house. All but one of the 74 children escaped, assisted by firefighters. The boarding house accommodates 28 boys and 46 girls, most of them from hill tribes.

After the fire was eventually extinguished hours later, the charred body of Saenghom Omsin was found on the second floor. The students told police that they believe the fire was started by a short circuit in a ceiling fan in her room before it spread.

Police suspect that Saenghom went underneath her bed instead of running out.

SOURCE: The Nation, Chiang Mai City Life

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Chiang Mai: Spanish man arrested in Lampang over UK cocaine bust

Tanutam Thawan

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Heavily armed drug suppression police have arrested a 36 year old Spanish citizen at a noodle shop in Lampang in northern Thailand at the weekend.

A warrant for the arrest of Spaniard  Francesco Jesus Gutierrez Marcos was issued in Thailand last Friday following representation from UK authorities and an official extradition request.

Marcos is alleged to be a member of a five person gang that imported 513 kilograms of cocaine into the United Kingdom. UK authorities said that Marcos fled to Thailand after the bust at the end of January this year.

SOURCE: INN

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Chiang Mai: Governor visits 74 year old rape victim

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PHOTO: Chiang Mai City Life

Chiang Mai’s Governor, Supachai Iamsuwan, visited the elderly sexual assault victim from earlier this week.

Read the story HERE.

The new governor, along with officials from the Office in Social Development and Human Security, visited 74 year old Sudjai Sukhamton at her home.

Social Development and Human Security say they will be following the Governor’s visit with regular checks on her trauma and to provide additional services.

The attacker, 30 year old Suchart ‘Tim Tinyam’ Sukasem, had served time in jail in the past and was recently working as an attendant at a local carnival. The attack on 74 year old Sudjai occurred on the night of July 9.

Original story HERE.

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