PHOTO: Thai Rath
Thai Rath is reporting that Police have arrested a man who tied up a Hua Hin cleaner then abducted her daughter from a foreigner’s house. The incident happened last Tuesday in Hua Hin.
The mother and daughter were working as cleaners for the house but were confronted at knife point by the intruder. The man is reported to have tied the mother to the stairwell before attempting to sexually assault her daughter and then forcing her to drive away on the motorcycle owned by the mother. The 18 year old daughter was let go near a Car Care business and the suspect fled on the bike.
The hunt for the man traversed across the country from Hua Hin to Bangkok then to Udon Thani.
The Prajuab Khiri Khan deputy police chief, Pol Col Nirandorn Sirisangchai, said the case was very serious and that the public demanded quick action. Many police jurisdictions were involved in the hunt resulting in the arrest of 23 year old Watcharapong Waraha who was registered as living in the Pahonyothin area of Phayathai in Bangkok.
The 23 year old was finally tracked down to an address in Udon Thani and taken into custody on a warrant. He was found in possession of the mobile phone stolen from the mother. He confessed to the crime saying that he dumped the stolen motorcycle by the toilets at Hua Hin railway station before boarding a train to Hualampong station in Bangkok. From there he traveled to Udon Thani where he was arrested.
Watcharapong had ten other cases of theft on his records.
SOURCE: Thai Rath
Leatherback turtles face extinction
by Pratch Rujivanarom
It may be too late to save leatherback turtles from extinction in Thailand’s seas, as a legal deadlock prevents a conservation status upgrade to protect this critically endangered turtle species and three other rare marine animals.
Wildlife conservationists are warning that the slow pace of stepping up the conservation of the leatherback turtle, whale shark, Bryde’s whale and Omura’s whale to preserved status would eventually cause the inevitable extinction of leatherback turtles in Thailand. They were speaking at a public seminar by the Sarakadee Magazine and Seub Nakhasathien Foundation yesterday.
The director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, said of the four endangered species, the fate of the leatherback turtles was now of most concern, as there had been no reports of finding new nests of the rare sea turtle species in Thailand since 2013 and its extinction in the wild was predicted to occur within the next few years.
Kongkiat said that the leatherback turtle was a protected wildlife species under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, which protected it from poaching and being in private possession, unless legally registered with the appropriate permission from the responsible agencies.
However, he said protected status was not enough to raise public awareness about preserving this critically endangered species of sea turtle and to prevent them becoming extinct from Thailand.
“Despite there not being much difference in conservation measures between protected wildlife and preserved wildlife, the public perception between these two categories is totally different, as people tend to give more concern to animals in the preserved wildlife list, because that is the status for nearly extinct animals,” he said.
He called for the conservation status of this turtle species to be stepped up urgently, bearing in mind its current precarious status in the wild, the fact there had been no new leatherback turtles’ nest found for more than four years and the increasing threat to their survival from dangers such as marine plastic waste.
“The categorising of Thailand’s wildlife conservation status of protected animals and preserved animals complies with the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, as species listed as vulnerable are eligible to be listed as protected animals, while the animals with the IUCN status of endangered or higher can be included in preserved wildlife list,” Kongkiat added.
“The leatherback turtle is now listed as critically endangered by the IUCN and in Thailand its population is now less than one per cent of what it was six decades ago, while its nesting report ratio has also dropped from three nests per year 20 years ago to only 1.5 nests per year this decade.”
Earlier this month the nomination of four endangered marine animals to be included in the preserved wildlife list was turned down after the Council of State highlighted a legal deadlock in the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act.
This might result in rights violations of the private owners of leatherback turtle carcasses, if these four rare marine animals are successfully registered as preserved animals.
This is because every case of private possession of living preserved animals or their carcasses is illegal, while according to Fisheries Department, there were at least 12 registered private collectors of leatherback turtle carcasses.
STORY: The Nation
Saturday night suicide linked to Hua Hin murder
by Wimon Thabkhong and Apichat Hongsakul
A 26 year old man, thought to have to committed suicide, is the main suspect in the murder of a 39 year old Bangkok woman in Hua Hin, according to local police.
Read the original story of the crimes HERE.
The Thai man, who allegedly committed suicide by letting a train run over him on Saturday night in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Cha-am district, has been identified as the main suspect in the murder of a 39 year old Bangkok woman whose body, with multiple stab wounds in the neck, was found stuffed in a large plastic box in a house in Hua Hin district yesterday morning (Sunday).
The provincial police chief says the man, identified later as 26 year old Dithawat Dros, was linked to the murder case as he was the tenant of the rented house where the woman’s body was found.
Police suspect that he might have killed the woman in anger and committed suicide to avoid punishment, police said. They are not aware of the motives for the murder at this stage.
Investigations continue into the alleged suicide and murder.
SOURCE: The Nation
Murdered Bangkok woman found in Hua Hin
The woman, who doctors estimate has been dead for three days before the body was found, was later identified as Suchapat Hiranpanthachote.
A Hua Hin hotel had contacted police about a female guest who had left all her belongings in her room without checking out of the hotel as scheduled on October 9.
Suchapat’s younger brother, who along with relatives came to Hua Hin to look for the missing woman after being unable to contact her, told police that the victim had left her home for Hua Hin on October 8, corroborating the hotel’s information that she had checked in that night alone.
She reportedly left in her black car the next morning and never returned to the hotel. The brother joined police to check the rented house in question to look for her.
They encountered strong smell coming from the locked house, where the woman’s black sedan was found parked. Her body and a bloodstained knife was found in the toilet.
A neighbour told police that the house was for rent and previously two men and a woman stayed there but in recent times there was only one man who stayed there. She said she had heard loud noises from that house three days ago but didn’t suspect any wrongdoing. But she says she was later puzzled to see the male tenant leaving the house by jumping over the fence and riding away on a motorcycle.
She said she had smelt the bad odors from the house next door but never thought it was from a murder.
SOURCE: The Nation
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