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Three men have confessed, one remains on the run – murder of Phrae married couple

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Three men have confessed to the murder of a missing couple – a British expat and his Thai wife – in Phrae. Police say the three men were hired by the woman older brother to kill the married couple.

Police made the arrests in Wang Chin district late yesterday. They say they eventually had the confessions after hours of ‘intense’ interrogation.

The couple went missing last Thursday after after a friend raised the alarm saying they didn’t respond to messages or phone calls since last Tuesday.

They’ve confessed to killing 64 year old Alan Hogg and his 61 year old Thai wife Nod Suddaen. They say killed them at the couple’s sprawling home and then buried the bodies in the garden. Blood was found on the walls of the mansion.

The three have implicated the alleged mastermind, Warut Satchakit, the brother in law of Mr Hogg, and say they were each paid 50,000 baht to commit the murder.

Khun Warut remains on the run.

They say they first shot Mr. Hogg and then used a hammer to beat his wife to death in front of the garage. They claim that Khun Warut moved the bodies to bury in the garden.

Warut was initially arrested after CCTV footage identified him as the person who entered the couple’s home and later drove away in their pick-up. He was charged with theft of the vehicle but was later released on 100,000 baht bail raised by relatives. He has not be seen since.

The pickup was found in Ayutthaya yesterday and impounded for further forensic investigation.

An investigator from the Phra That Chor Have police says that investigators found a backhoe near a hole that had been dug in the garden but found no signs of the bodies at the time.

Excavators were brought in this morning to dig in the same area and eventually uncovered the buried bodies.

Police also report that the pickup had been bought from a Thai couple by a Lao man. The deal to purchase the pickup was finished on Friday. The Lao man, hearing about police searching for the vehicle, reported to police on Sunday night, turning over the pick-up for examination. Both the Lao man and the two sellers of the vehicle were interrogated by police.

Major General Sanpat Praputsra says, “The issue is likely to be a long-standing conflict within the family. We cannot find any other situations that are likely to have caused this. The brother-in-law had problems with money and there were family issues.”

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British backpacker returns home for Easter after being jailed in Thailand

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A British backpacker is back in the UK for Easter after being released from prison after being incarcerated for 10 days over a ‘trivial’ offence.

26 year old Chris Dodd told the BBC he was arrested for picking up a mobile phone he found on the ground whilst waiting for a taxi at the Chiang Mai airport. He was accused of theft after taking it with him to his accommodation.

According to Chris, he says he picked up the phone trying to find the owner. In doing so he moved it to a different location – considered theft under Thai law. He says his intention was to report it to police and find the owner when he arrived at his hostel accommodation.

Police identified him on airport CCTV. He was arrested at the hostel.

Prison guards shaved Mr Dodd’s head but gave him the shaved-off dreadlocks saying he could keep them.

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“I was stripped naked, sent in, given a blanket.”

“Nobody spoke English. It was really intimidating. You just have to fight for a space on the floor and you have people’s legs all over you,” Chris told the BBC.

According to his lawyer he faced a five year prison sentence if convicted, but the charges against him were eventually dropped and he was able to leave Thailand. Mr Dodd was released on bail after family and friends raised £20,000 (828,000 baht).

His lawyer told Mr Dodd to leave Thailand immediately after being released. The charges were dropped last Friday.

SOURCE: BBC

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Freak summer storms damage 1,000 houses around Chiang Mai

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Up to 1,000 homes were damaged by gusty winds and storm cells over the weekend around Chiang Mai. Ten districts were blacked out for several hours when a freak rain storm struck on Saturday, ripping off the roofs of homes and flinging debris around the districts.

According to the provincial public disaster prevention and mitigation office, the worst-hit district was Hang Don where many houses had their roofs blown off by the gale-force wind which also downed many power poles causing power outage which lasted for several hours. About a dozen cars also sustained damage from flying debris.

Water and power supplies, cut off for many during the storm, were restored later on Saturday evening.

Construction materials such as roof tiles and corrugated iron sheeting have been sent by the office to the affected areas to affect immediate repairs pending detailed assessments of the damages.

The Third Army Region has set up a mobile kitchen at the municipal office of Tambon Nong Kwai to provide free food to the victims on the request of His Majesty the King.

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Mae Hong Son continues to be plagued with fires

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Mae Hong Son province continues to be plagued by forest fires despite the ban and the raging haze and smoke problems.

In recent months, Mae Hong Son has been struggling with haze most of the time with flights to its airport limited at the height of the crisis. Exposure to the serious air pollution has become a threat to the health of locals. Authorities continue to blame outdoor fires as the key cause of smog.

However, illegal outdoor fires continue to be detected.

Satellite images confirmed that there were at least 23 hotspots in Mae Hong Son yesterday. Of them, 13 were in Sop Moei district.

Kampanart Prachongpim, who heads Mae Hong Son’s forest-fire control division, says that teams from several provinces had come to Mae Hong Son to help extinguish forest fires that were often caused by people. At least, two bushfires extinguished yesterday were caused by people going into the forest to collect forest produce. According to him, by the time these forest fires were put out, about nine rai of forest reserves had been destroyed.

Mae Hong Son is 100 kilometres north west of Chiang Mai, near the Myanmar border.

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